Siemens will supply locomotives and passenger coaches for the planned All Aboard Florida passenger rail project between south and central Florida, US.
The country’s first privately owned and controlled passenger rail system, All Aboard Florida is expected to operate trains that can run at speeds of up to 125mph.
Siemens’ rail systems division president Michael Cahill said: "Intercity rail is an important lever to improve existing infrastructure challenges and bolster city and state economies, clearly something that All Aboard Florida will succeed at doing."
The first five train set will include two diesel-electric locomotives with four passenger coaches for each. It will be put into service in the Miami to West Palm Beach division.
All Aboard Florida plans to expand the train set to seven coaches.
An additional five train sets will be ordered if the company obtains environmental approvals and additional financing for the segment between West Palm Beach and Orlando International Airport.
All Aboard Florida president and COO Don Robinson said: "We carefully chose Siemens technology knowing it will set a new industry standard, while providing the world-class amenities our customers will expect from our passenger service."
The new stainless-steel passenger coaches will provide special ergonomic seating and Wi-Fi. The step-free level boarding will provide easier access for bikes, walkers, strollers and wheelchairs.
Siemens will build the locomotives and the passenger coaches at its solar-powered rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento and the diesel engines will be manufactured by Cummins at its plant in Seymour, Indiana.
The trains will be maintained and serviced in West Palm Beach and Orlando International Airport.
Image: Siemens’ Michael Cahill and All Aboard Florida’s Myles Tobin at Siemens’ manufacturing facility in Sacramento. Photo: courtesy of All Aboard Florida.