Baltimore LRVs are scheduled to arrive, beginning in October 2013, at Alstom’s Hornell, N.Y., facility where the refurbishment will be executed. The project will add about 15 years to the lifespan of the trains.
This overhaul is one of several projects the state of Maryland is implementing as part of an ambitious program to improve the safety, reliability, and service of its transportation systems. The first Baltimore LRVs were manufactured some 25 years ago, and the fleet carries nearly 28,000 riders a day between downtown Baltimore, northern suburbs and BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport.
The first major step in the modernization process involves dynamic testing on a few trains to base line their current performance. The results of these tests are used to document improved performance of the vehicles after renovation. The next step after testing is to remove all interior and exterior components from each car and address any necessary car body repairs. Alstom will then re-equip each train with new propulsion systems, on-board automatic train control technology, closed circuit TVs (CCTV), climate control units and new doors, seating and carpets. To minimize impacts on MTA riders, a maximum of five trains at a time will be removed from service. The overhaul program will last approximately four years, with the last overhauled vehicle returning to Baltimore in May 2018.
“We are delighted that MTA has entrusted Alstom with the renovation of Baltimore's light-rail fleet. Our team is dedicated to the success of this project and to providing an enjoyable journey for riders who depend on these vehicles” said Guillaume Mehlman, president of Alstom Transport North America. “We also are very excited and eager to support the innovative approaches Maryland is pursuing to expand light-rail transit in the state.”