New trainsets to help City of Ottawa double O-Train capacity and
NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Alstom Transport today announced
it will supply six new diesel multi-unit (DMU) trainsets to OC Transpo,
the urban transit service for the city of Ottawa. This order of CAD$34
million (€25 million) is part of OC Transpo's plan to continuously
upgrade O-Train rolling stock and infrastructure and continue providing
the quality service Ottawa passengers have come to expect. The new
Alstom DMUs, called Coradia Lint, will be delivered in May 2013.
OC Transpo is currently operating vehicles that run on a segregated
network and which were designed to European standards. Coradia Lint is
the ideal vehicle for Ottawa's rail commuter service as it is a modern,
high-performance, reliable, low-floor DMU. Features of the Coradia
Lower emissions and better fuel economy, providing a cleaner vehicle and
Passenger capacity of 260;
Flexible operation with short travelling times and small stop distances
that help meet demanding timetables, and
Performances proven on European networks with more than 500 vehicles
delivered to date.
"This contract represents for Alstom the first introduction in North
America of a vehicle designed to European standards. We are proud to
bring our global DMU expertise to North America and to support OC
Transpo in its plans to double capacity and increase service," said
Guillaume Mehlman, President of Alstom Transportation in North
America. "By choosing Alstom's Coradia Lint, the City of Ottawa is
providing a safe, reliable mass transit solution to its citizens, which
also reduces emissions and traffic congestion."
The Coradia Lint has proven its outstanding reliability and quality in
numerous passenger revenue service operations for many transit
authorities and operators in countries such as Denmark, Germany and
France. Alstom has delivered more than 500 Coradia Lint trainsets to
both public and private operators that have together covered more than
400 million kilometres in commercial service.
The O-Train is an eight kilometre light-rail service that began as a
pilot project in 2001. The initial ridership target of the O-Train
pilot project was between 5,100 and 6,400 customer-trips per day, but
has since reached 12,000, and today carries 2.3 million passengers
About Alstom Transport
With a focus on sustainable transport, Alstom Transport develops and
offers the most complete range of systems, equipment and services on
the rail market. The company is capable of managing entire transport
systems, including rolling stock, signalling and infrastructure, and
also provides complete turnkey solutions. In 2010-2011, Alstom
Transport recorded sales of €5.6 billion. It has a presence in over 60
countries and employs 25,500 people.
SOURCE ALSTOM CANADA INC.
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