This is exciting news! I love trains and it’s depressing how outdated and inefficient the rail system in America is. It’s a small step but a step nonetheless.
Con: This is the first major contract with Siemens.
Pro: Siemens will add 200 jobs at its light rail manufacturing plant in Sacramento, California and 50 jobs at plants in Georgia, which will build motors and propulsion containers for the trains. Although the manufacturing process isn’t completely green, the Sacramento plant uses solar energy for up to 80% of its power, according to Siemens’ press release. The first trains will hit the track in 2013.