St Louis MetroLink secures RVR grant to replace railcars, negotiates with Siemens

St Louis MetroLink secures RVR grant to replace railcars, negotiates with Siemens Image credit: St Louis MetroLink

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded more than $196 million to St. Louis Metro Transit to replace aging MetroLink light rail cars. The funding has been awarded under the newly-created Rail Vehicle Replacement (RVR) Program.

A total of $703 million is being allocated in the FTA Fiscal Year 2022 and 2023 RVR Program for rail car replacement in six medium-sized transit agencies that lack resources needed to make long-overdue improvements.

The original MetroLink train cars are 30 years old and have already exceeded their projected useful lives of 25 years in service. The federal grant will help Metro Transit replace up to 48 light rail cars.

As a credit to the nationally recognized Metro Transit maintenance teams, some of the legacy light rail vehicles have logged more than 1.7 million miles since going into service in July 1993, and are expected to average 1.8 million miles before they are finally decommissioned in the next four to five years.

Out of the 31 original MetroLink light rail vehicles, 25 are still in service and will continue to be for the next few years until they are replaced by the new light rail vehicles. Metro Transit is currently negotiating with Siemens, the company awarded the contract for the MetroLink Light Rail Vehicle Replacement Program.

Source: St Louis MetroLink