Siemens rail manufacturing in Sacramento has won a $240 million contract to build diesel-electric locomotives for California and several other states, state and company officials said Friday.
The California Department of Transportation joined with Illinois and Maryland transportation agencies in a joint order for 34 Charger locomotives, to be built at the German-based rail manufacturer’s south Sacramento plant.
The states will use the new vehicles to replace older locomotives. The cooperative purchasing agreement allows the three states to buy a volume discount.
Fourteen of the locomotives will go to Caltrans for its Pacific Surfliner Amtrak line in Southern California between San Luis Obispo and San Diego. The cost to California is $102 million, paid for by voter-approved 2006 infrastructure bonds, state officials said.
The state expects to take delivery in 2018 and 2019. It will receive a previously ordered delivery of six locomotives in 2016. The new locomotives produce approximately 85 percent less in emissions than the state’s current fleet, according to Caltrans.
Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said the locomotives will help the state “continue its goal to offer more alternative and sustainable transportation choices.”
The locomotives will be able to operate at up to 125 miles per hour.