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US Metropolitan Council awards light rail vehicles contract to Siemens


The Metropolitan Council has contracted Germany-based Siemens to manufacture 27 new light rail vehicles for the Metro Transit Southwest line expansion in Minnesota, US.
The new S70 light rail systems will be built at the company’s manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California.
The vehicles will offer new features, such as a redesigned middle section, enhanced seating, and ice cutters for removing sleet from overhead wires.
The latest contract will expand Siemens technology partnership with Twin Cities, and will add to the existing 59 S70 light rail vehicles fleet that currently operates on Metro Transit’s Green and Blue lines.
Five additional rail vehicles will also be provided by Siemens to increase the existing system's capacity.
Siemens Rolling Stock president Michael Cahill said: “Siemens is pleased to continue our successful relationship with Minnesota to provide the latest in light rail vehicle technology that improves the riding experience.
“As the manufacturer of one out of every three light rail vehicles in North America, we’re confident that these new vehicles will help continue to enhance mobility for people in and around the Twin Cities.”
Siemens plans to deliver the first light rail vehicle to Minnesota in 2019.
In the US, the company provides rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems to more than 25 agencies in various cities.

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