Sacramento to increase Siemens S700 LRV fleet
Posted on 16th October 2023 at 09:32
Sacramento Regional Transit District, providing transit service in this Californian city (population 466 500), received the first of its order for 28 Siemens S700 LRVs in March 2023; to date 17 have arrived at the car barn. Now the fleet will be increased to 36, with an order for eight more (4001-4036).
The now-floor LRVs, which are manufactured at Siemens’ factory on Sacramento, will be replacing the 36 Siemens-Duewag U2 cars that were delivered in 1985-1991 to open the system (operation started on 12 March 1987).
Patronage peaked at 16.8M passengers/year in 2008, but fell by 42% over the following 10 years due to a population falling, fare increases, poor performance and security issues. A major refurbishment of the system is in progress to make it more reliable, accessible and attractive.
The Siemens S700 is the successor to the S70 introduced in 2001; the last S70 was built in 2017. The first S700 were built for Portland in 2014. In Sacramento it is a 28.9m (95.4 feet) car with two articulations and a short centre section; they are 2.65 (8’7”) wide and can carry 225 passengers (74 seated). Power comes from 4 x 130kW motors giving a maximum design speed of 105km/h (65 mph). The 1500V dc Sacramento cars are double-ended and feature a low-floor (366mm) at the doors. there are four wheelchair spaces to increase accessibility options for passengers.
The Sacramento Siemens S700 LRV. (SaRTD)
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