Unlike light rail transit systems that mainly run on tracks separated from the roads, streetcars run on rails set into the road surface and therefore share the road with private motor vehicles. Streetcars offer an attractive alternative to traveling by car or bus due to higher speeds, running parallel with road traffic and serving short local routes with frequent stops. The double-articulated, bidirectional vehicles provide utmost efficiency, and the fully accessible low-floor design enables passengers to board and exit comfortably without any obstructions.
These zero-emissions streetcars are being built by more than 1300 Siemens employees in Sacramento, California.
In the U.S., Siemens provides rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems to more than 25 agencies in cities such as Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Houston, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, St. Louis, Atlanta and Charlotte. Cities also rely on Siemens to provide traction-power substations and electricity transmission, intelligent traffic solutions as well as signaling and control technology for freight and passenger rail and transit systems.