Siemens Transportation Systems Completes 16-Vehicle Light Rail Delivery to Charlotte
Siemens Transportation Systems Inc. (STS) announced today the final shipment of a 16-vehicle light rail order for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) LYNX Blue line rapid transit services. Siemens’ S70 light rail vehicles will operate on the Southeastern region’s first light rail line, an approximately ten mile stretch that extends from central Charlotte to the Interstate 485 expressway and is parallel to South Boulevard. CATS officials believe that the light rail line will move twice as many people as one accident-free lane on I-77.
“We all want economic development and growth. The arrival of the final S70 vehicle will assist Charlotte in realizing its plans for faster, more efficient transit alternatives for its citizens that, in turn, lead to economic prosperity,” stated Oliver Hauck, president and CEO of Siemens Transportation Systems, Inc.
The S70, Siemens’ highly successful 70% low-floor light rail vehicle, is capable of speeds up to 65 miles per hour and boasts enhanced safety and comfort. Featuring room for 236 passengers (AW3) with wheelchair accommodations, the S70 also allows for easy accessibility for all passengers, including those with special mobility needs. The car shells are constructed of low-alloy, high-tensile (LAHT) steel with a composite fiberglass covering. This modern construction method produces a higher structural efficiency and reduces energy consumption during operation. Siemens’ newly expanded manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California constructed the car shell and completed the final vehicle assembly. The S70 LRV is currently in use in Houston, Texas, and San Diego, California.
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