Siemens delivers first vehicle of new Muni Metro fleet

Photo: Siemens/ SFMTA.

The first new Muni Metro light rail vehicle from Siemens has arrived in San Francisco.

Siemens is building 215 new vehicles for the system – its largest-ever light rail order in the US.

The first vehicle has now been delivered to the Muni Metro East facility. It will undergo testing before entering service at the end of the summer.

The high-floor vehicles consist of two cars but can operate as multiple units.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) placed an order with Siemens for 175 vehicles in September 2014. The contract included an option for up to 85 additional units. In June 2015, SFMTA ordered another 40 vehicles.

Siemens and SFMTA estimate that the new vehicles will be capable of running 10 times longer between faults than the current fleet and will consume 40 per cent less energy.