METRO Welcomes New Train No. 201 to Fleet
Monday, October 15, 2012 4:53 PM
This morning, METRO unveiled its newest train - No. 201 - at a press conference at the Rail Operations Center, making it the agency's first new train in almost a decade.
Gilbert Garcia, METRO board chairman, said the light-rail Siemens S70 represents a savings of almost a year's time in getting optimal service to our riders. METRO was able to do this by exercising a contract option with the Utah Transit Authority when it "piggybacked" in an inter-agency agreement to procure the light-rail cars from Siemens.
"These units will help us offer timely and comfortable trips," said Garcia.
This train is the first of 19 light-rail trains METRO secured in an $83 million contract.
George Greanias, METRO president & CEO, called it a great day for METRO.
"METRORail has a very busy fleet, which this year surpassed 90 million boardings. The new units will take the strain off those already in service and provide more flexibility to our current system," said Greanias.
Step inside, and you'll see more standing room and a bike rack that allows a passenger to secure his or her bike upright vertically. Each car will also be equipped with two designated wheelchair spaces. A knee-to-back seating arrangement and a big standing area, with extra hand straps and grab bars, maximize interior space, designed for about 200 passengers.
Train No. 201 is expected to be operational sometime after Jan. 1, said Scott Grogan, senior director of METRORail Service Delivery. Purchasing these 19 Siemens cars would allow us to operate two-car trains all day on our Main Street line.
Click the video below to hear Greanias' comments this morning, along with a preview of the interior of the train.