Siemens recently announced that it has been awarded a $73-million contract to build 18 TriMet S70 light rail vehicles at its manufacturing plant in Sacramento, Calif. The first new rail cars are expected to be delivered in August 2014.

The 18 new vehicles were ordered as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. This contract award will bring the total number of TriMet S70 light rail cars manufactured by Siemens to 40. Siemens previously provided more than 100 low-floor vehicles for TriMet, including the newest fleet of 22 S70 light rail vehicles delivered in 2009.

"For more than 25 years, Siemens has been a committed partner with TriMet in providing modern, efficient rail electrification and quality rolling stock to accommodate the growth and expansion of the region," says Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rail Systems division. "We are proud to continue this relationship by providing these new light rail vehicles, which will be built 100 percent in the United States using sustainable manufacturing practices."

The S70 Type 5 light rail vehicles for this project have a maximum operational speed of 55 miles per hour. The low-floor design enables passengers to board the train at street level, providing quicker and easier access for people of all abilities.

For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/railsystems.