The French rolling stock manufacturer has revealed what Alstom’s trams for Quebec will look like, which will be delivered under the contract signed at the end of April.
The proposed version includes three derivatives of the Citadis tram (the Spirit model), which are inspired by the rolling stock design vision communicated by the Canadian city’s municipality in November 2020. Each of the three concepts (Boréal, Harfang et Citadelle) aims to highlight an aspect of Québec City’s unique character.
“Today we are asking the citizens of Québec to have their say on the design of the vehicles that will make our mobility modern. The three models presented today will certainly fit into the urban fabric that we will redefine with the arrival of the tram. We are delighted to be able to mark another step towards the success of this structural project that is essential to our mobility,” said Bruno Marchand, Mayor of Québec.
“We are pleased and proud to present the first three models of the tram in Québec. This state-of-the-art technological vehicle is approved, safe and adapted for Québec, both to meet its mobility ambitions, to circulate in its environment four seasons out of four and to reflect its unique identity in America,” Mathieu Ducharme, director at Alstom Canada, was quoted in a press release.
Alstom trams for Quebec, adapted to Canadian winters
Each tram frame will have four modules and seven pairs of doors. The capacity of a vehicle is 272 people, including 88 seats. The tram will be accessible to all, with its low floor and four multimodal spaces for wheelchairs, tricycles and mobility scooters. Bicycles will also be carried on the new trams.
The trams will be designed for Canadian winters and Quebec’s demanding topography.
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.