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Operator TriMet Relies on Rail Technology from Siemens for Newly Opened Light Rail Line

Matt Ball on September 14, 2015 - in Corporate, Design/Engineering, Rail

Today, TriMet’s new MAX Orange Line, a light rail project between Portland and Milwaukie (USA), was officially inaugurated. Siemens advanced rail technologies are now operating on the Orange line including its S70 light rail vehicles designed and manufactured at Siemens Sacramento, California plant to move riders along the system, rail signaling and communication systems to help manage train operation, and the company’s first Sitras SES energy storage unit in the U.S. that uses regenerative braking to sustainably power the line.

The 7.3-mile (around 12 Kilometer) MAX Orange Line is the region’s sixth construction project of the development project Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) to expand the city’s transport network to cope with the expected population growth in the Portland area. The line will improve transit in the corridor that extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to Milwaukie and North Clackamas County.

“Siemens is proud to be a technology partner for Trimet for more than 30 years, starting in the this project is a perfect example of how advanced rail technologies can help to revitalize city centers, creating jobs and stimulating economic development”, said Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Mobility Division.

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