(IN BRIEF) Alstom, a leading provider of sustainable mobility solutions, has secured a contract with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to deliver 130 fully customized low-floor electric streetcars. The contract is valued at over €667 million ($718.2 million) and includes an option for an additional 30 streetcars. The Citadis light rail vehicles will be specifically designed for North America and tailored to the unique needs of Philadelphia’s historic streets. The new streetcars will offer energy-efficient transportation, reducing energy consumption by 20% compared to standard light rail solutions. They will feature full low floors, wider aisles, ramps for disabled access, audio and visual messaging systems, and flexible interiors. The project aims to provide faster and more reliable service, accommodating more passengers and reaching a wider range of destinations while promoting equitable service. The streetcars will be manufactured at Alstom’s facility in upstate New York, ensuring compliance with “Buy America” requirements, and the advanced propulsion system will be produced in Pennsylvania. Alstom’s Citadis range has been successful in over 70 cities worldwide, with a strong track record in sustainable urban transportation.
(PRESS RELEASE) SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, 2-Jun-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Alstom (EPA: ALO), a French multinational rolling stock manufacturer and leader in sustainable and green mobility solutions, has announced a significant contract with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to provide 130 fully customized low-floor electric streetcars, valued at over €667 million (approximately USD$ 718.2 million). The agreement includes an option to build an additional 30 streetcars. The Citadis light rail vehicles (LRVs) will be specifically designed for North America, tailored to navigate the historic streets of Philadelphia.
The new Citadis streetcars will offer an energy-efficient mobility solution, incorporating state-of-the-art traction technology that has been proven in service. Compared to standard light rail solutions, these vehicles will achieve a 20% reduction in energy consumption. Energy efficiency features include LED lights, sensor-based air-conditioning, and a design that ensures 99% recyclability at the end of the streetcars’ 30-year lifespan.
The streetcars will feature 100% full low floors with wider aisles to enhance passenger movement and accessibility. The inclusion of ramps at all doors will facilitate disabled access, while audio and visual messaging systems will keep passengers informed about upcoming stops and service changes. The flexible interiors will accommodate larger items while adjusting to capacity, demand, and passenger needs. Furthermore, designated spaces for wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and bicycles will be available. The introduction of these new streetcars will enable SEPTA to provide a faster, more reliable service that accommodates more passengers, consumes less energy, and serves a broader range of destinations, with a focus on equitable service for all.
“We are proud to be selected by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to build and supply 130 next-generation LRVs,” said Michael Keroullé, President, Alstom Americas. “The new Citadis streetcars will bring more efficient accessible and equitable service to the people of Philadelphia’s metropolis, as they will replace the existing SEPTA fleet that dates from the 80’s. We are thrilled with the opportunity to serve over 80,000 daily riders with a more accessible, comfortable, and modern experience.”
SEPTA’s seven trolley lines span 68 miles, connecting communities in west, southwest, and north Philadelphia, as well as Delaware County, to the region’s key employment and healthcare centers, Center City and University City. The current trolley vehicles have been in service since the early 1980s.
Manufacturing of the streetcars will take place in the United States at Alstom’s Hornell facility in upstate New York. This facility, with its extensive experience and capabilities, meets the “Buy America” requirements. Alstom has made significant investments in the Hornell site, including the construction of a stainless-steel car body shell manufacturing facility, ensuring greater quality control over the entire production process for SEPTA. The advanced propulsion system for the streetcars will be manufactured at Alstom’s North American center of excellence for advanced propulsion technology research, development, and engineering in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.
Alstom’s Citadis range of low-floor trams and light rail vehicles offers modern and energy-efficient transportation solutions for cities worldwide. With a wide variety of catenary-free operation options, the Citadis products are particularly suitable for new lines and urban renewal projects. Since the launch of the first Citadis tram in 2000, these vehicles have covered over 1 billion kilometers and transported 10 billion passengers. With more than 3,000 Citadis vehicles ordered or already in service in 70 cities across over 20 countries, including major urban centers such as Paris, Nice, Barcelona, and Dubai, Alstom continues to drive innovation in sustainable urban transportation.
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