Alstom to overhaul GO Transit coaches

BiLevel commuter rail cars Alstom and Metrolinx signed an agreement to overhaul 94 BiLevel commuter railcars for GO Transit rail system in Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), Ontario.

EUR 118 million is the value of the contract that will be executed at Alstom’s facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The mid-life overhaul and upgrades of the coaches will be performed over a two-year period, requiring the vehicles to be stripped down, overhauling parts and producing newly refurbished BiLevel cars for the GO Transit fleet.

The overhaul of the interior of the BiLevel series VII cars will include the installation of updated outlets with USB ports, cosmetic updates to panelling and flooring, a full replacement of customer seating, upgrades to washrooms and service-proven LED lighting. Extending the life of the coaches will ensure Metrolinx has the rail fleet available to support service enhancements including through the GO Expansion programme, with the goal of providing faster and more convenient service for the region.

The cars for the distinctive green and white GO Transit fleet have been built in Alstom’s Thunder Bay 500,000 square-foot facility for over 45 years and the team completed the most recent Metrolinx order for 36 BiLevel passenger coaches and accessible cars this summer. Alstom has been maintaining the GO Transit fleet of coaches and locomotives – more than 1,000 pieces of rolling stock equipment – for over 20 years and operating the GO Transit commuter train network for over a decade approximately 400 daily trips, with more of 700 daily route kilometres.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to extend our 45-year partnership with GO Transit with the overhaul of these BiLevel cars and we thank Metrolinx for their renewed trust and confidence and for recognizing the unique industrial expertise of our team in Thunder Bay,” Michael Keroullé the President of Alstom Americas said.

The BiLevel commuter railcars were originally built between 2003-2008.

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