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Cities around the world are facing new challenges: parking space, traffic gridlock and stricter emission guidelines. Urban planners and transport companies are turning to trams and light rail as a powerful, environmentally friendly and also highly economical means of transport. Existing lines are being extended and whole new networks are in planning, often for the heart of busy urban districts. Low-floor concepts with low-level entrances, car floors without steps and the right level of comfort are the main criteria for such light rail vehicles.
Siemens offers you trams and light rail vehicles that optimally fit your requirements and your city, such as innovative single-articulated trams or highly flexible multi-articulated trams from the Avenio family. We have also developed a separate platform to meet specific North American market requirements with regard to technical standards, operating conditions, and localization.
Trams, streetcars, light rail
Innovative trams and light rail for more than 135 years: our modular vehicle solutions offer you the rail that suits your town, infrastructure and transport needs.
Since 1881 Siemens has been building electric trams. These many years of experience and the knowledge recently gained with the over 500 delivered Combino trams make Siemens a strong and reliable partner for communities and cities. Our modular vehicle concepts allow us to offer you a solution that fits perfectly into your town or city. For all infrastructures and transport requirements and for every cityscape – Siemens’ light rail vehicles help cities make mobility more sustainable, economical and attractive.
Explore a few examples here of the cities and countries where our tram and light rail vehicles are on the move.
In November 2015, Potsdam’s transportation company (Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam, ViP) ordered an extension of 2 additional cars for each of 8 vehicles in the Combino fleet. These were part of a 1996 order for 16 Combino trams.
Despite the advanced age of the fleet (in operation since 1998) and after 20 million kilometers in service, the Combino vehicles still offer consistently high reliability and availability of more than 99%.
In addition to partial refurbishment of the older modules, the Combino – extended to a 7-section tram – can now accommodate up to 214 passengers, up from 175 in the past. The two new cars, a bogie and suspended intermediate module, are from the new Avenio M family.
In May 2015, Ulm‘s municipal unitility (Stadtwerke Ulm) ordered 12 trams from Siemens to meet the demand for additional vehicles on the new No. 2 line.
Vehicles of the Avenio M-series combine the proven multi-articulated concept with the experiences of the Avenio platform, which is seeing successful implementation in The Hague and Munich.
The four independent brake systems are enhanced by a special assistance system to safely run on the long slopes in Ulm’s network. The vehicles have a driver assistance for automatic collision prevention.
Munich’s municipal utility Stadtwerke München has ordered eight trams from Siemens in order to modernize and expand its existing vehicle fleet. In the meantime, it has ordered another 22 vehicles with an option for up to 124 units.
The new trams reach the comfort level, which is ranked as very comfortable according to DIN EN 12299 standard.
In a passenger survey, 47 percent of the users rated the Avenio Munich as “very good” and another 50 percent as “good.”
Qatar Foundation has commissioned Siemens to build a tram system that operates without overhead contact lines for Education City, home to the branch campuses and research centers of some of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions.
In addition to 19 vehicles, Siemens is also delivering signalling equipment, communications system, power supply, supervisory control and data acquisition system, operations control center, traffic light control, depot and workshop equipment.
The trams are equipped with the Sitras HES energy storage system from Siemens – charging takes place at the stations.
In December 2011, HTM (Haagsche Tramweg-Maatschappij) ordered 40 trams from Siemens for The Hague’s network.
A transparent partition between the driver’s cab and the passenger area gives passengers a unique riding experience.
In March 2014, HTM ordered another 20 more trams of this type, with a capacity of 232 passengers per vehicle.
By 2017, 330 of the approx. 400 trams operated by Wiener Linien were ultra low floor trams from Siemens.
The ULF Vienna tram has the lowest entrance height in the world, at only 19.7 cm.
The short trams provide space for 136 persons, the long trams for 207 persons.
The city of Calgary ordered the delivery of 63 vehicles of the S200 high-floor light rail platform from Siemens to address the increased ridership of the growing metropolis.
The vehicles were specially developed for the harsh climatic conditions in Canada, for example, with heatable couplers and windshields.
Each S200 vehicle can transport up to 247 passengers and offers two wheelchair spaces as well as two multifunctional areas.
In Minnesota, United States, 59 Siemens S70 low-floor light rail vehicles help bring the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis closer together.
The vehicles have been specially adapted to the Twin Cities’ requirements, such as increased insulation for noise reduction and greater comfort in summer and winter.
For the route expansion project in the southwestern region of the Twin Cities, in 2016 the city council commissioned Siemens to build another 27 light rail vehicles. The first light rail vehicle is scheduled to arrive in Minnesota in 2019.
For more information on trams and light rail vehicles from Siemens Mobility, simply contact our experts via e-mail. They will be happy to help you.