Alstom, a global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has secured a remarkable contract with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to provide 130 custom-designed Citadis low-floor electric streetcars to Philadelphia. Valued at over €667 million (approximately USD$ 718.2 million), this agreement marks a significant milestone in the city's transportation landscape.The new Citadis streetcars will serve as an energy-efficient mobility solution, integrating state-of-the-art traction technology that reduces energy consumption by 20% compared to standard light rail systems. Alstom has incorporated cutting-edge features to maximize energy efficiency, including LED lights and sensor-based air-conditioning. Moreover, the streetcars boast a remarkable 99% recyclability rate, ensuring a sustainable lifecycle at the end of their 30-year service.The streetcars' design prioritizes accessibility, featuring 100% full low floors, wider aisles for easy passenger movement, ramps at all doors for disabled access, and audio-visual messaging systems to inform passengers about upcoming stops and service changes. The flexible interiors can accommodate larger items while adjusting to capacity, demand, and specific needs. Wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and bicycles will have dedicated spaces, ensuring inclusive transportation for all.Michael Keroullé, President of the Americas Region at Alstom, expressed pride in being selected by SEPTA to deliver the next generation of light rail vehicles. He emphasized that the new Citadis streetcars will offer Philadelphia's residents a more efficient, accessible, and equitable transportation experience, replacing the existing fleet from the 1980s.SEPTA's seven trolley lines play a vital role in connecting communities and providing access to major employment and healthcare centers. The new streetcars will contribute to a faster, more reliable service with increased passenger capacity, reduced energy consumption, and expanded coverage. Above all, the project aims to deliver equitable service to all residents of Philadelphia.Manufacturing of the streetcars will take place in Alstom's Hornell facility in upstate New York, ensuring compliance with "Buy America" requirements. The Hornell facility has a proven track record and the necessary capabilities to meet the project's demands. Alstom has made significant investments in the facility, including the establishment of a stainless-steel car body shell manufacturing facility, ensuring quality control throughout the production process for SEPTA. The advanced propulsion system for the streetcars will be manufactured at Alstom's North American center of excellence for advanced propulsion technology in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.Alstom's Citadis range of low-floor trams and light rail vehicles provides modern and energy-efficient transportation solutions for cities around the world. With a strong focus on catenary-free operation, Citadis products are particularly suitable for new lines and urban renewal projects. Having covered over 1 billion kilometers and transported 10 billion passengers, Citadis vehicles have a proven track record in more than 70 cities across 20 countries, offering sustainable and reliable transportation.