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Valley Metro orders 14 light-rail vehicles

The light-rail vehicles will be built at Siemens Mobility's manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California.
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Valley Metro in Phoenix has ordered 14 S700 light-rail vehicles from Siemens Mobility to support future light-rail expansion.

The light-rail vehicles — to be built at Siemens' manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California — will feature a newly designed front-end bumper for collision impact mitigation, a larger interior, bicycle storage and a heavy-duty air conditioning system.

The S700 vehicles also have low-level boarding at every doorway and wider aisles for improved accessibility, Siemens officials said in a press release. 

Additional light-rail vehicles will help support Valley Metro’s South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project to extend light-rail 5 miles from downtown Phoenix to Baseline Road by 2024, Valley Metro officials said.

"As our transit system grows, so must our fleet to accommodate new miles of service and additional riders across metro Phoenix," said Valley Metro Chief Executive Officer Scott Smith.

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