Ottawa, Alstom begin light rail testing on O-Train line

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Alstom's Citadis Spirit light rail vehicle began tests on Ottawa's O-Train Confederation line recently.
OTTAWA — Transit leaders on Ottawa’s new O-Train Confederation line have started testing Alstom’s Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles, or streetcars. While the 7.7-mile light rail system will not begin full revenue service until 2018, testing will continue through much of 2017.

During the test phase, light rail vehicles will undergo static and dynamic testing, including dynamic braking tests at speeds exceeding 50 mph. The tests will evaluate traction and braking performance, as well as passenger comfort and overall train handling. Other static tests will take place at nearby Belfast Yard in Ottawa, according to an Alstom news release.

The first phase of testing will last until the end of March on single vehicles. In the middle of 2017, transit officials will conduct similar tests using multiple light rail vehicles.

When opened, the $2.1-billion light rail project will serve 13 stations in and near Ottawa’s downtown. To date, it is the city’s largest infrastructure project.

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