USA: Terms have been agreed for Brookville Equipment Corp to supply Seattle’s Sound Transit with five Liberty light rail vehicles for $26·5m plus tax, the manufacturer announced on December 4.
The LRVs are required as part of the project to build a 3·9 km extension of the 2·6 km Tacoma Link line. There are options for Sound Transit to order a further five vehicles, and also for the City of Portland, Oregon, to order five vehicles.
The Tacoma Link LRVs will have 34 seats and a capacity of more than 100 passengers. The 70% low-floor vehicles will be ADA-compliant, with deployable bridge plates for easy boarding.
The agreement is the sixth order for the Liberty family, with fleets now operating in Dallas and Detroit and vehicles on order for Oklahoma City, Milwaukee and Phoenix’s Valley Metro Tempe Streetcar.
‘We are eager to support Sound Transit with an all-new Liberty LRV fleet for its expanding Tacoma Link’, said Brookville Vice-President of Business Development Joel McNeil. ‘These vehicles will be designed and manufactured right here in the USA using the latest rail proven technologies and systems, and serving as a rail transit vehicle solution that we hope will have broad appeal to the agency and its growing ridership.’