Orange County Transportation Authority orders eight Siemens streetcars

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Orange County Transportation Authority orders eight Siemens streetcars
Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, March 29, 2018 12:42 AM
Summarized from Randy Glucksman from Progressive Railroading
In late 2016, OCTA, , the Orange County Transportation Authority, released a request for proposals for the manufacturing and delivery of the eight streetcar vehicles.  They will be used on the future 4.1-mile Orange County Streetcar line, which will run from Santa Ana to Garden Grove, California. Six vehicles will operate on the system at a time, with two spare cars
Monday , the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) on Monday approved a $51.5 million contract for eight S70 model streetcars, which can carry up to 180 passengers, from Siemens Industries Inc., including the option to purchase up to 10 additional streetcars at a later date. Siemens will provide systems support and training to operators and maintenance technicians

The $299 million OC Streetcar project will be funded by Measure M, Orange County's half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements plus state and federal funding,  Construction will begin later this year, with testing and operations beginning in late 2020.
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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Monday, April 02, 2018 5:43 PM

Thanks for the heads up. Description is below. Plans call for completion by 2020. 

http://www.octa.net/Projects-and-Programs/All-Projects/Rail-Projects/OC-Streetcar/

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Posted by K. P. Harrier on Friday, April 13, 2018 2:01 PM

First I’ve heard of it, but it seems like an overly optimistic project.  Next time I’m anywhere near there I should drop by and see if anything is built.

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Posted by usmc1401 on Saturday, April 14, 2018 6:40 PM

Maybe they could save some money by adding to San Francisco MUNI'S order.

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:08 AM

Could be ---  minus the morerized hihg-level - low-level capability and multiple-unit capaility.   Don't forget, SF's MUNI Metro cars are not low-floor.  Their subway was built with high-level platfomrs, and three geneations of cars had and have dual entrane arrngents, sidewalk level and platform level.   Dallas is the only other USA city to have high-level-floor 21st-Century LRVs.

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