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Houston, Texas orders 14 light rail vehicles to meet future ridership needs


Siemens Mobility has been awarded a contract from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) for 14 light rail vehicles that will operate in Houston, Texas. This marks Houston METRO’s third order for Siemens Mobility vehicles, which will bring the total number in Houston to 51. The S70 low-floor light rail vehicles will supplement the vehicles currently servicing the city’s three light-rail lines, which account for nearly two million trips per month. This will ensure the system’s reliability, efficiency and passenger experience.  
“We’re proud to support Houston’s METRO since 2004 as they deliver environmentally-friendly and efficient transportation options to one of the largest cities in the U.S.  With a growing population, it’s important to constantly improve availability and passenger experience and we’re confident that our light rail vehicles will support the city’s expansion and sustainability goals,” said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility. 
The S70 will have a new and improved modern design, with a centralized low-floor configuration offering full low-floor access between all doors along the length of the vehicle, allowing for more accessibility, particularly for wheelchairs and strollers. It widens aisles, which will optimize passenger flow throughout the vehicles. In addition, drivers will experience an increased field of vision on the sides of the vehicles. These features improve safety and efficiency, making it one of the most accessible vehicles of its kind in the market today.   

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