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NCTD completes conversion to low emission locomotives

The North County Transit District (NCTD) has ordered two additional Siemens Charger locomotives, for a total order of nine units. These locomotives complete NCTD’s efforts to replace and convert its current Coaster locomotive fleet to more efficient, lower-emissions vehicles.
The new locomotives will also expand NCTD’s fleet size and enable NCTD to nearly double Coaster service frequency for the traveling public in San Diego County.
“Submitting our final order for two additional locomotives cements our commitment to enhancing our Coaster riders’ experience,” said Tony Kranz, NCTD board chairman and Encinitas Councilmember. “In addition to increasing service frequencies, these new locomotives will provide a smoother and more reliable passenger experience, will significantly reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality, and reduce noise pollution for residents and riders.”
In 2018, NCTD initially ordered five Siemens Charger locomotives to replace aging vehicles that had reached their useful lifespan. The first order of locomotives has been delivered and are currently in the testing and commissioning phase. In 2019, NCTD’s Board of Directors approved the purchase of two additional Siemens Charger locomotives and two new trainsets (each trainset includes a Siemens Charger locomotive as well as four bilevel coach cars and a bilevel cab car from another manufacturer).
The Siemens Charger locomotives will improve overall Coaster efficiency and sustainability, providing an estimated 90% reduction in emissions (compared to previous engines). This will allow NCTD to improve operational efficiency while contributing to California’s local and state sustainability and air quality goals.
NCTD was able to purchase the diesel-electric Siemens Charger locomotives as part of a multi-state procurement with the California and Illinois Departments of Transportation. This joint agreement saves money for the District due to lowered procurement costs.
Siemens Mobility provides the light rail vehicles for San Diego and has provided Siemens Charger locomotives for Pacific Surfliner trains on the LOSSAN Corridor between San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

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