Alstom and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) signed a contract to supply 60 Flexity light rail vehicles to meet Toronto’s ridership demands and growth needs. EUR 275 million is the value of the contract which will support the city’s public transport system as well the jobs in the region.
The new five-module, uni–directional vehicles will be 100% low–floor and zero–emission and with all–wheel drive.
They are based on light rail technology modified to TTC specifications and special requirements of Toronto’s tramway network. To date, 204 trams have been delivered to the TTC, and the additional order of 60 Flexity light rail vehicles will help maintain jobs and expertise, particularly at Alstom’s site in Thunder Bay, Ontario, which has experience assembling and testing previously delivered trams to the Toronto Transit Commission.
This project will be supported by Alstom sites in St-Bruno and La Pocatière, Quebec, which will provide project management and certain component sub-assembly, respectively. It will allow Alstom to maintain 400 jobs at the Thunder Bay and La Pocatière facilities.
“Over the years, our innovative, reliable, Made-in-Canada rail products have established themselves as a signature element of Toronto’s iconic cityscape and contribute daily to the sustainable economic and social development of our Canadian cities,” Jérôme Wallut, President, Alstom Americas said.
In addition to trams, Alstom has also supplied 480 Toronto Rocket metro cars to the Toronto Transit Commission and is currently providing a communications–based train control (CBTC) railway signalling solution on Line 1 Yonge–University as well as the Toronto – York Spadina metro extension (TYSSE).
Globally, over 5,000 Flexity light rail vehicles have been ordered or are already in successful revenue service. The Flexity LRVs are providing passengers spacious interiors, wide doors, air conditioning system, and enhanced features for people with limited mobility. The LRVs are equipped with improved passenger information system offering a comfortable journey and passenger experience.