Rideau Transit Maintenance General Partnership (RTM) has selected Alstom to maintain the city of Ottawa’s light rail transit system, called the O-Train Confederation Line. The approximately €125 million (CAD$180 million) contract follows a contract signed in 2013 to supply 34 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles to the city of Ottawa.
Alstom will maintain the entire line, which involves the maintenance of the tracks, the operating control system, the power substation, as well as the signalling and communications systems, for a period of 30 years. The line – which will be 12.5 km long and include 13 stations – is expected to begin full revenue service in 2018. Alstom is currently assembling the Citadis Spirit vehicles at the Belfast Yard facility in Ottawa, the site of the operator OC Transpo.
The Ottawa project marks the entry of Alstom’s Citadis Spirit into the North American market. Designed for high capacity, Citadis Spirit will be able to operate in extreme cold weather and circulate at speeds of up to 100 km/hour, reducing travel time between suburban areas and the city centre. Once all Citadis Spirit vehicles have been delivered, the assembly area at Belfast Yard will be converted into a maintenance centre, where Alstom will maintain the vehicles for a period of 30 years.
In Canada, in addition to contracts for the O-Train Confederation Line, Alstom is also delivering new metro cars and maintaining an Iconis integrated control centre in Montreal, providing a new computer-based integrated train control system for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, equipping Union Station Rail Corridor in Toronto with a new signalling system, and providing a communications-based train control solution on Toronto Transit Commission’s Line 1 Yonge-University subway line.