superbad wrote:The Atlanta streetcar will use LRV not streetcars... construction will now begin in fall 2011... I wonder how many Siemens S70 vehicles have been ordered?? I hope they do not use the existing Marta paint scheme on these either..Houston's Metro also recently ordered 19 Siemens Ultra Short S70 light rail vehicles for $83 Million. That's slightly more than $4 Million per vehicle. Houston is making changes to match their older regular S70 vehicles. So, it's possible Atlanta's order of $9 Million might be for 3 vehicles, definitely 2.
The Ultra Short S70s are around 80 feet in length, the regular S70s are around 95 feet in length. The Ultra Short versions minimum turning radius is 66 feet, the regular S70s minimum turning radius is 82 feet. Skoda streetcars have minimum turning radius of 60 feet, antique streetcars had minimum turning radius of 50 feet (some as low as 36 feet). The S70 version Atlanta order is closer to streetcars than light rail vehicles in many ways.