Alstom has been awarded a EUR 900 million contract to design and supply 34 Citadis LRVs for Quebec, including their maintenance for 30 years. The contract also includes an option for a maximum of five trains, including maintenance.
The tram manufacturing is expected to start in November 2023 and will be developed by Alstom engineers based in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville –Alstom’s headquarters in the Americas located on the south shore of Montreal. They will be assembled from the second half of 2025 at its La Pocatière plant in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.
Comfortable, modern and spacious, the trains will be 100% electric and will run on a new line that will form the backbone of an improved public transit network for Quebec City. The light rail vehicle will offer an attractive transport alternative to alleviate road congestion, reduce the impact of mobility on the environment and air quality, improve the quality of life for residents and further enhance the attractiveness of Quebec City.
The Citadis LRVs for Quebec will be designed and adapted to city’s climatic and topographical conditions, in addition to meeting all the essential characteristics of the call for proposals of the City of Quebec.
The new tram line will be 19.3 km long including a 1.8 km underground section and will be served by 29 stations between Cap-Rouge and D’Estimauville. The entire project is estimated at CAD 3.96 billion (USD 2.9 billion) and when completed, 3,900 passengers per hour will be transported by trams with a capacity of 260 passengers per vehicle.
In February 2022 the City of Quebec announced that Mobilité de la Capitale and ModerniCité submitted their bids for the contract to build the future light rail tram line. The successful bidder for the infrastructure component should be announced soon. The contract covers the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the new tram line and stations which will provide connections with the other public transport services. The contract also includes the construction of the operation and maintenance centre.