Alstom to build 61 light rail vehicles for Greater Toronto area

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A rendering of the proposed Alstom-built Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles that would be used by Metrolinx on Toronto area light rail lines.
TORONTO — Metrolinx is turning to Alstom as a supplier for light rail vehicles on its Finch West and Eglinton Crosstown light rail lines in the Greater Toronto area. In an announcement made May 12, Metrolinx President and CEO John Jensen says the agency has entered into an agreement with Alstom to supply up to 61 light rail vehicles.

Metrolink’s decision to use Alstom is a part of a contingency plan that ensures light rail vehicles will be ready for service on the Eglinton Crosstown route scheduled to open in 2021.

The agency originally awarded a $770-million contract to Bombardier to build 182 vehicles for use on the new route and other Toronto light rail lines.

According to an article in the Toronto Star, the order has been bogged down by delays and legal battles, and Bombardier has yet to deliver the first two pilot vehicles that were supposed to arrive two years ago.

Jensen says he is hopeful that Bombardier can gets its program on track, but he says the agency is taking the appropriate steps to give it a safety net in the event that Bombardier is unable to fulfill its contract.

Metrolinx is currently going through a dispute resolution process with Bombardier.

The new Alstom order calls for up to 61 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles. The new order won’t be the first Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles to enter service in Canada. Alstom is currently supplying 34 Citadis Spirit vehicles for the City of Ottawa’s O-Train Confederation line.

Alstom representatives say they have already assembled one-third of the Confederation line’s fleet, which are in various stages of dynamic and static testing at a facility near Ottawa. In March, the Citadis Spirit vehicles surpassed a commercial speed test along a section of the O-Train route, according to an Alstom news release.

The new Alstom order is valued at more than $388 million.

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