New trains for Charlotte

The City Council of Charlotte, North Carolina has approved the $52.5 million purchase of 16 S70 light-rail vehicles (LRVs) from Siemens Transportation Systems.

The purchase will be made by Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) for use on the South Corridor Light Rail Project.

The South Corridor Light Rail Project is an approximately 10-mile line running from Uptown Charlotte to Interstate 485. The transport system will include 15 stations and is expected to open in autumn of 2006. Delivery of the first S70 LRV is projected for January 2006. Siemens is currently bidding to provide the electrification and signalling infrastructure for the rail line.

The vehicles are said to be capable of speeds up to 65 miles per hour and feature room for 236 passengers. The car shells will be constructed of low-alloy, high-tensile (LAHT) steel with a composite fibreglass covering.

Siemens’ Sacramento, California manufacturing facility will construct the car shell and complete the final vehicle assembly.