Alstom Delivers First Sounder S Line Rail Cars to Seattle

The first two new Sounder S Line rail cars have arrived in Seattle as part of Sound Transit Board’s 11-car order.

Sound Transit Board placed the order in 2020 for three passenger cab cars and eight coaches.

One cab and one coach have now been delivered and a second shipment of two additional cars is expected in mid-September.

The 11 new cars will increase the Sounder passenger car fleet to 78 rail cars

All the cars were manufactured by Alstom under a 46.5 million USD contract.

Sound Transit partnered with two other transit agencies on this order, California’s San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission and North County Transit District to reduce the unit price for each rail car.

The cars will all include Crash Energy Management (CEM) safety features that are designed to absorb energy in the event of a collision.They will also be equipped with a full-width windshield to provide an enhanced view for the driver.

Each of the new cars will complete inspections, systems testing and commissioning before entering service. The first of the new cars are expected to be operational on the Sounder S Line in autumn this year.

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