First Look: Alstom LRV Arrives for Toronto’s Finch West LRT

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
The first Alstom light rail vehicle has made its debut at the Finch West Maintenance and Storage Facility in northwest Toronto. It will start testing later this year on a portion of the 11-kilometer (6.8-mile) Finch West LRT line, which is slated to open in 2023. (Metrolinx photo)

The first Alstom light rail vehicle has made its debut at the Finch West Maintenance and Storage Facility in northwest Toronto. It will start testing later this year on a portion of the 11-kilometer (6.8-mile) Finch West LRT line, which is slated to open in 2023. (Metrolinx photo)

The first Alstom Citadis Spirit light rail vehicle has arrived for the C$2.5 billion (US$1.95 billion) Finch West LRT project in northwest Toronto. The 11-kilometer (6.8-mile) line is slated to open in 2023.

The new line is a P3 of Infrastructure Ontario; Metrolinx; and Mosaic Transit Group (MTG), a joint venture of ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Aecon, and CRH Canada Group Inc. that has a DBFM (design, build, finance, maintain) contract. There will be 18 stations, with an underground interchange at the Finch West station (connecting to the Toronto Transit Commission Line 1 Yonge-University subway) and a below-grade stop at Humber College (see map below). Trains are expected to run every 5-7 minutes during peak hours.

The second of the two LRVs to be delivered this year is expected in the fall, according to Metrolinx. Alstom is supplying 18 LRVs for the project, plus 44 for Hurontario LRT, which is scheduled to open in fall 2024. Each LRV has a seated passenger capacity of 120 and maximum passenger capacity of 292.

(Metrolinx photo)

Energization of a portion of the Finch West LRT line is slated for later this year to allow for vehicle testing, according to Metrolinx.

TTC will operate the Finch West LRT lineThales is providing a SelTrac™ Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling system. Last December, MTG awarded Bombardier Transportationnow Alstom, following its takeover of Bombardier earlier this year—a 30-year contract to maintain the LRVs as well as the wayside track and catenary systems.

(Metrolinx photo)

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