To better maintain Metro’s rail vehicles in a State of Good Repair, manufacturers recommend that we send rail cars back to the site where they’re assembled so that critical systems can be overhauled — i.e. propulsion, brakes and communication. It’s not unlike taking a car into the shop for regular work as the mileage increases.
Metro’s Siemens P2000 light rail vehicles were originally put into service in 1996 on the A Line (Blue) and C Line (Green), and are now due for their midlife work. This will extend the lifespan of rail vehicles and help ensure they remain safe, reliable and maintainable for the future.
Sixteen P2000 rail cars were sent to an Alstom Transportation Inc. facility on Mare Island in Vallejo, California, in early 2017, and the first of those modernized rail cars has now been returned to Metro. Once the modernized rail cars arrive — we’ll be getting one per month — we will perform inspection and testing at Metro’s rail maintenance centers to ensure all cars are in good working order. Then the modernized cars will be placed into service on the A Line, E Line (Expo) and C Line.
Metro’s Arts & Design staff worked with Operations to update the decades old graphic package with a wrap to reflect our contemporary standards, with the Metro Rail brand prominently displayed against our bespoke bright yellow speed bead pattern. See the pic above.
As more modernized cars return to us, Metro will decommission the remaining P2000 vehicles from service and ship them north for modernization work until all 52 P2000s are overhauled.