The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) in the US has awarded a $140m contract to Alstom to conduct midlife overhaul of 52 P2000 light rail vehicles (LRVs) operating on Los Angeles' Blue, Green and Expo lines.

Alstom will upgrade several major systems as part of the deal, including propulsion, heat, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), automatic train control, auxiliary power supply and brake control.

The communication system, doors and the LRV’s bogies will also be refurbished under the arrangement.

The LRV fleet is expected to operate for another 15 years following the modernisation works, offering more comfort and reliability.

Alstom North America senior vice-president Jérôme Wallut  said: “We are delighted that Metro has recognised and selected Alstom to overhaul the P2000 fleet based on our technical proposal, as well as our past project management experience and performance.

“Alstom is committed to serving transit agencies on America’s West Coast, and overhauling the LRVs will allow Metro to offer high quality service to its customers.”

Alstom will carry out railcar stripping, final assembly and testing work at its Mare Island manufacturing and service facility situated in Vallejo, California, while its Naperville site will provide the required engineering for the project.

"Alstom is committed to serving transit agencies on America’s West Coast, and overhauling the LRVs will allow Metro to offer high quality service to its customers."

The first vehicles set for modernisation are scheduled to arrive in the next month, while the last overhauled LRVs are expected to resume services in 2021.

The project will create nearly 45 local jobs over the course of the contract.

Alstom has vast experience in US railcar overhaul work and have modernised approximately 5,100 railcars for several transit agencies.

In addition to the P2000 fleet modernisation, Alstom’s Mare Island site is also performing various other projects, including wreck damage repairs on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner fleet, modification of 66 Caltrans bi-level intercity passenger rail coaches and upgrading Rocky Mountaineer traditional passenger cars.


Image: Alstom to modernise METRO’s P2000 light rail fleet. Photo: © Alstom / A.Février.