Siemens Mobility awarded order for 26 Light Rail Vehicles by Portland’s TriMet

  • Oregon’s largest regional transit provider
  • S700 light rail vehicle will replace city’s Type 1 fleet
  • Digitalization increases vehicles’ value sustainably over their lifecycle
  • Contract includes options for up to 60 additional vehicles

Siemens Mobility won the latest Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) contract from Portland’s TriMet, Oregon’s largest regional transit provider. This order will replace TriMet’s original 26 Type-1 vehicles, from another manufacturer, with Siemens Mobility’s new S700, a low-floor state-of-the-art vehicle jointly developed by TriMet and Siemens Mobility. The contract includes options for up to 60 additional LRVs, which would accommodate additional vehicles needed for further service expansions such as the MAX Red Line Extension to Fair Complex, and the Southwest Corridor. With the completion of this new purchase, TriMet’s LRV fleet will be a fully Siemens Mobility fleet – with the first delivery expected in 2021.

Importantly, TriMet has opted to install the latest Internet-of-Things (IoT) framework to what will now be their Type 6 vehicle, ensuring that the latest rail digitalization capabilities are applied for increasing efficiencies in operations and maintenance, increasing value sustainably over their lifecycle, and ultimately resulting in peak economic and passenger experience.

TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey, said:

“Retiring our older rail vehicles with stairs and replacing them with these new vehicles will mean the entire MAX Light Rail fleet will be all low-floor, better meeting ADA standards and creating a better experience for all riders, no matter their physical abilities. These new vehicles also are a critical part of our making transit better efforts and will make the light rail system more efficient and more reliable for our customers.”

Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility, said:

“For more than 20 years, our relationship with TriMet has continued to grow as we have co-created their fleets. From first developing their Type 2 fleet – North America’s first low-floor light rail vehicles – to today’s S700 low-floor vehicles, we are working together to ensure that Portland’s passengers have sustainable, efficient and enjoyable commutes.”

The S700 cars are the latest advancement of the S70 low-floor vehicle platform designed and manufactured by Siemens Mobility at its solar-powered North in Sacramento, California. They are characterized by an open and spacious low-floor interior. The wide aisleway will make the vehicle much easier to traverse into and around for passengers, bicycles and wheelchairs, improving passenger experience. There are also energy efficiency features like LED lighting, which not only utilize less energy, but also last longer.