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San Francisco exercises option for extra light rail vehicles

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San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has added another 40 trains to a landmark order it placed with Siemens last year to expand the Muni Metro fleet.

SFMTA has exercised an option under the original contract for 175 light rail vehicles – described by Siemens as the biggest order it has ever received for light rail units in the USA.

The first vehicles are due to be delivered by the end of 2016.

A full-scale model of the S200 light rail vehicle has been displayed on San Francisco’s Embarcadero waterfront, giving the public a chance to see the vehicles seating configuration and interior design.

FMTA director of transit John Haley said: “The new Light Rail Vehicles (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 10 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.”

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