Canadian rail operator OC Transpo has unveiled a full-sized mock-up of Ottawa’s future Alstom Citadis Spirit light rail vehicle that will be used on the O-Train Confederation Line in the city.
For this new light rail transit (LRT) system, Alstom was contracted to provide 34 Citadis Spirit vehicles along with delivering 30 years of maintenance services.
In February 2013, Alstom received a €400m construction and maintenance contract from the Rideau Transit Group (RTG), the consortium responsible for the design, build, finance and maintain Phase I of the O-Train Confederation Line.
Alstom Transport North America senior vice-president Jérôme Wallut said: "This important transportation infrastructure project will help guarantee a quality public transit system required to serve the city’s future transit needs.
"As the light rail market is booming in North America, the Citadis Spirit has been especially built for the region and is specific to each city and community it will serve. Alstom hopes this is the first of many more projects to come."
The first phase of this $2.13bn light rail project includes 13 stations along a 12.5km route, with 10km running at ground level and 2.5km underground.
Funded by the Government of Canada, the province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa, this project would generate $3.2bn in economic activity and more than 20,000 jobs.
The line is expected to be operational in mid-2018.
Alstom will assemble the Citadis Spirit at OC Transpo’s new maintenance and storage facility, Belfast Yard in Ottawa.
Image: The Alstom Citadis Spirit is designed to accommodate a broad range of mobility needs. Photo: courtesy of City of Ottawa.