Siemens to build and maintain trains for All Aboard Florida
Siemens has secured a 30-year contract from All Aboard Florida to provide full maintenance for its passenger-rail train sets connecting Orlando and Miami, starting in 2017.
Approximately 110 new full-time jobs will be created for 70 Siemens and 40 All Aboard Florida employees to carry out maintenance work.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said: "We are committed to making it easier for Orlando residents to get around and All Aboard Florida will enhance our transportation infrastructure.
"We are pleased that Siemens has been selected to maintain and service the All Aboard Florida trains, as it will create jobs for Orlando residents at a new facility near the Orlando International Airport."
As part of the deal, Siemens will maintain and service all aspects of All Aboard Florida's passenger-rail vehicles, including inspections, corrective and preventative maintenance, and provisioning of parts and labour.
As part of the project, Siemens has already been contracted for new train sets, which will be built at its solar-powered rail manufacturing plant in Sacramento.
Siemens Mobility Customer Services vice-president Chris Maynard said: "Siemens is extremely proud to expand our relationship with All Aboard Florida as a key technology and service partner for this important passenger-rail project.
"Service is an essential component to ensure that rail lines run efficiently, on time and safely for passengers and operators.
"By combining our globally-inspired, modern service methodology and experience with our own technology, we are confident that the All Aboard Florida service will be among the best in the nation."
All Aboard Florida president Mike Reininger said: "Siemens shares All Aboard Florida's commitment to meeting the highest standards of trainset safety and reliability in the industry."
Once operational, All Aboard Florida trains are expected to reach a top speed of 125mph.
Image: A Siemens service technician examines an operating system on a rail locomotive. Photo:courtesy of Business Wire.