Metrolinx orders 61 more Alstom cars

Written by Railway Age Staff
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Alstom and Metrolinx of Canada announced a C$529-million ($388-million) order for 61 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

The contract includes an option for additional vehicles, Alstom said.

”We are proud to continue our collaboration with Metrolinx as it seeks to link communities and deliver advanced public transit solutions to the greater Toronto area, and we are honoured by their renewed confidence in our products, solutions and teams,” said Angelo Guercioni, Managing Director of Alstom Canada. Designed for the Canadian market, the low-floor Citadis Spirit has passenger capacity of 321, and is capable of operating in winter conditions up to -38°C. It features reinforced insulation, powerful HVAC, and snow and ice management technology.

Alstom is currently supplying 34 Citadis Spirit vehicles under a 2013 contract for Ottawa’s O-Train Confederation Line. It said a third of the fleet has been assembled and is being tested at Alstom’s Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage facility in Ottawa. In March the Citadis Spirit achieved and surpassed commercial speed during dynamic tests along the Confederation Line alignment.

Alstom also is supplying Metrolinx with a new Iconis control center to integrate the GO Transit network into a centralized facility, and a new signaling system for the Union Station Rail corridor.

Also, Alstom is providing a complete Communication-Based Train Control system for Toronto Transit Commission’s Line 1 subway line, including the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension.




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