"Our relationship with Siemens is a true partnership," said MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski. "We work together at every step to design the best-possible vehicle for our system and, more importantly, our riders."
"This order marks another milestone in our successful 35-year relationship with MTS. These California-built vehicles will help continue MTS' legacy of outstanding service to its riders and help accommodate riders on their growing rail system," said Jochen Eickholt, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Mobility Division.
The new order of low-floor LRVs will feature a redesigned middle section of the vehicle to improve passenger flow including greater wheelchair accessibility and bicycle storage. MTS will use 36 of the 45 new LRVs on its Mid-Coast Trolley expansion, a new service to help manage current and future travel demand to and from the University City community. The additional nine vehicles will be used to increase frequency on the UC San Diego Blue and Orange lines.
Siemens has been providing LRVs to MTS since 1981. MTS recently sold or retired 71 Siemens U-2 vehicles, which were the original vehicles on the nation's first modern light rail system. The original 15-mile segment from the International Border to downtown San Diego has since grown to more than 53 miles of double-tracked railway that serves the entire urbanized area of San Diego.
Further information about the Mobility Division can be found at: www.siemens.com/mobility