The new streetcars also include features
that enhance the overall riding experience such as large passenger windows for
increased visibility, improved passenger safety through an interior
surveillance system, and an unobstructed floor concept that allows more space
for bicycle storage and wheelchairs. In addition, the operational performance
enhancements of the new streetcars include traffic light preemption, a
pedestrian-friendly front mask and an automatic passenger counter with enhanced
3D infrared sensor technology.
were ordered in late 2016 when the Charlotte City Council chose Siemens
Mobility to build six new S700 Streetcars for the Charlotte Area Transit System
(CATS), the public transit system operated across Mecklenburg County and four
other surrounding counties in North Carolina. The vehicles were built at the Siemens Mobility rail
manufacturing hub in Sacramento, California and all have been delivered.