"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.
Houston was the first to select the S70 low-floor vehicle design, which was successfully inaugurated on its first 12-mile line in January 2004, on time to transport more than 64,000 fans to and from Super Bowl XXXVIII. Since then, more than 600 S70 vehicles have been ordered by 11 cities throughout the U.S.
The light rail vehicles will be Buy America-compliant and built by the more than 1300 employees at Siemens Mobility's solar-powered manufacturing facility in Sacramento, CA. In the U.S., Siemens Mobility provides rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems to more than 30 agencies in cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.