Siemens S70 Streetcar
Siemens Industry, Inc. has built light-rail vehicles for several cities in the United States including San Diego, CA, and Salt Lake City, UT. It developed the S70 for the streetcar market. The cars
are 80 feet in length, with greater capacity than the United streetcar model. The S70 is being built in Siemens plant in Sacramento, CA.
Click on the link above to access Siemens' two-page brochure describing the car and its specifications.
Siemens S70 streetcar boarding passengers at curbside in downtown Atlanta at Peachtree Center. Photo by John DeLamater.
MARTA, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, developed the Atlanta Streetcar to provide local transit service in the downtown area. The 2.6 mile line loops through the downtown, serving Centennial Park, and then loops to the east serving the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site, It connects with MARTA Rapid transit trains at the Peachtree Center Station. MARTA purchased 4 Siemans S70 streetcars to provide service.
Salt Lake City Streetcar
Siemens S70 car operating on the Salt Lake City S line, at Fairmont terminal. Photo by John DeLamater.
UTA, the Utah Transit authority, operates three light rail lines in Salt Lake City. A streetcar line serving East Salt Lake, also known as the Sugarhouse District, was included in area plans for rail transit in 2006. The line connects the area to the light rail system. The line is built on the right of way of the abandoned Denver and Rio Grande Western Sugar House Branch, and extends from the Crowne Pointe TRAX (light-rail) station to Fairmont station, a distance of 2 miles.. It is single track with passing sidings, a 25 mph speed limit, and numerous grade crossings, making it a typical streetcar line. TRAX decided that for ease of maintenance, it would use Siemens S70 equipment which is similar to its light-rail cars.