Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority, servicing the area around Phoenix, Arizona has ordered 14 S700 light rail vehicles (LRV) from Siemens Mobility. The new vehicles will be built at Siemens Mobility‘s manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California. “Additional light rail fleet supports our mission of connecting communities, especially as we close in on the 2024 completion date of South Central Extension/Downtown Hub,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “As our transit system grows, so must our fleet to accommodate new miles of service and additional riders across metro Phoenix.”
“Phoenix is currently the fifth largest city in the U.S. and continues to lead the country in population growth,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Mobility in North America. “Sustainable transportation is one of the most important features for tomorrow’s cities, and we applaud Valley Metro’s foresight in continuing to stay on-course with the future needs of their residents.”
Phoenix’ light rail system opened in 2009 and currently comprises a 42 km long line which is to be extended in the near future. 50 Kinki Sharyo LRV and 11 Siemens S700 are included in the fleet – usually they operate in coupled pairs during the day.
A network map is available here: http://www.urbanrail.net/am/phoenix/phoenix.htm (Info: Siemens Mobility)13.10.2020