All Aboard Florida adds corporate partners, creates jobs as it builds new passenger railroad

July 16, 2015

All Aboard Florida is busy lining up its corporate partners in its quest to establish a new passenger rail service, and creating new jobs in its wake.

All Aboard Florida recently selected Siemens Corp. as the full maintenance provider for its passenger rail trains connecting Orlando and Miami, starting in 2017.

As part of a 30-year contract, Siemens will maintain and service all aspects of All Aboard Florida’s passenger rail vehicles, including inspections, corrective and preventative maintenance, and provisioning of parts and labor.

All maintenance-and-service operations are to be housed at a new state-of-the-art facility south of Orlando International Airport and a new smaller complex to be built in West Palm Beach, creating full-time employment for about 70 Siemens and 40 All Aboard Florida employees.

As previously announced, Siemens is also building the trainsets for the project, which will be constructed at its solar-powered rail manufacturing plant in Sacramento.

“Siemens is extremely proud to expand our relationship with All Aboard Florida as a key technology and service partner for this important passenger rail project,” said Chris Maynard, vice president of customer services for Siemens Mobility.

“By combining our globally-inspired, modern service methodology and experience with our own technology, we are confident that the All Aboard Florida service will be among the best in the nation,” Mr. Maynard said.

“Siemens shares All Aboard Florida’s commitment to meeting the highest standards of trainset safety and reliability in the industry,” said Mike Reininger, president of All Aboard Florida. “We are pleased that, in working closely with Siemens on state-of-the-art train design and engineering, our partnership with the company has grown even stronger.”

The news comes just weeks after All Aboard Florida announced that it had reached an agreement with Archer Western to improve rail infrastructure on the corridor for its new passenger rail service.

 

Read the full story by reporter John Charles Robbins in Miami Today by clicking here.

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