Siemens has received an order for an additional 40 light rail vehicles (LRVs) from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in the US for its Muni network.
The order is an option on contract signed by SFMTA with Siemens in September 2014 for 175 LRVs, bring the total number of vehicles to 215.
SFMTA Transit director John Haley said: "The new LRV not only represents our long-term partnership with Siemens but will place their proven superior technology on San Francisco streets.
"The new vehicles are not only sleek in appearance but operate quieter on the rails and will last ten times longer before significant maintenance is required.
"With more 1,300 similar LRVs operating worldwide, the SFMTA is confident our forecasted 260 new vehicles will meet Bay Area transportation and economic needs."
As part of their partnership, Siemens and the SFMTA have recently displayed a life-size model representing a section of the light rail vehicle along San Francisco’s Embarcadero.
The LRVs are based on Siemens’ S200 model and will be manufactured in Sacramento to meet Buy America requirements for federal funding and the first vehicles are set to be delivered by end of 2016.
Siemens said that approximately 80% of the electricity used by the Sacramento plant for assembly comes from a 2MW photovoltaic installation on the building’s roof.
The solar units reduce the facility’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by roughly 1,470t a year.
Image: Siemens mock-up of SFMTA’s new LRV for MUNI. Photo: courtesy of Siemens Corporation.