CAF to supply ten streetcars to SDOT in US


Rolling stock manufacturer CAF has secured a contract to supply ten three-module streetcars based on the Urbos platform to the Seattle Department of Transport (SDOT) in the US.

The deal is valued at more than $50m and also includes the supply of spare parts, special tools and testing equipment.

SDOT has reserved the option to order up to ten additional vehicles within the tenure of the contract, along with their respective spare parts.

The new vehicles will feature low floors and are set to be equipped with a CAF Power & Automation-supplied Onboard Energy Storage System, which is expected to enable the streetcars to operate on the catenary-free sections of the network.

The new streetcar network is slated to provide a faster urban mobility option to the residents of Seattle's greater metropolitan area.

"The new vehicles will feature low floors and are set to be equipped with a CAF Power & Automation-supplied Onboard Energy Storage System."

It will also connect various densely populated regions of the city and facilitate economic growth.

The network will also add to the present South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcar lines to provide a new north-south connection across the Downtown Seattle district.

Additionally, the Kansas City Transport Authority has received approval to buy two additional streetcars from CAF to complement its previously supplied fleet of four vehicles.

The extension is valued at nearly $10m and will enable the city authority to manage the increasing numbers of passengers across the streetcar network, which connects River Market to Union Station.

US-based CAF operates a production plant in Elmira, New York State, and has completed several projects in the last few years, including the supply of metro units to Washington and light rail vehicles for the cities of Sacramento in California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.