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.
"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," said TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey. "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."
"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," said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility.
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.
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