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Valley Metro’s LRT and Streetcar orders

(Image courtesy: V. Simons)

On 18 May the Board of Valley Metro Rail authorised rolling stock contract awards to Siemens and Brookville Equipment Corporation to support expansion of its light rail network that covers the Arizonan cities of Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe.

On the existing LRT network, Siemens has been awarded a USD57.9m contract to supply 11 S70 LRVs over a seven-year period, with an option for an additional 67 vehicles. The order is required to cater for anticipated growth along the current 42km (26-mile) line, as well as for the Gilbert Road Extension in 2019 and several extensions anticipated to open through 2026.

Meanwhile, Brookville Equipment Corporation has been chosen to supply six Liberty modern streetcars capable of operating catenary-free for the 4.8km (three-mile) Tempe Streetcar project. The streetcar, that will connect riders to Mill and Ash avenues in downtown Tempe, Rio Salado Parkway, Apache Boulevard and two light rail stations, received USD50m from the US Department of Transportation’s Capital Investment Grants program in early May. Vehicle livery options and interior design elements for the USD33m order are currently under review. Streetcar service is scheduled to begin service in 2020.

Both new sets of vehicles will be maintained at the Operations and Maintenance Center on 48th Street that will be expanded to include additional storage tracks and larger maintenance and storage facilities.

> For a comprehensive overview of Valley Metro’s expansion plans see the April 2017 edition of TAUT.