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Sound Transit has received the first light-rail vehicle of the agency’s $642.5 million order for 152 vehicles from Siemens Industry Inc.
The vehicle's arrival marks the start of regular delivery of one to three vehicles per month through 2024, Sound Transit officials said in a press release.
The vehicles will undergo testing and commissioning before entering revenue service early next year.
With the new order, Sound Transit will triple the size of its now 62-vehicle fleet built by Kinki Sharyo Co. Ltd.
Each new vehicle will provide 74 seats, larger windows, a wider center aisle, more seats with space to stow luggage, and four bicycle hooks — twice as many as now available. Each vehicle also be equipped with passenger information displays and LED lighting improvements.
"The new vehicles are critical to meet ridership demand as we move forward aggressively in building our light -ail network," said Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer Peter Rogoff. "These new cars will become backbone of the fleet serving Northgate, Lynnwood, Federal Way, Bellevue and Redmond in the next five years."
Forty new vehicles are required to serve the Northgate Link Extension when it opens in 2021.