Transdev has secured a 30-year contract to provide operation support for the new Edmonton’s Valley Line light rail transit (LRT) expansion in Canada, as part of a large C$1.8bn ($1.3bn) public-private partnership (PPP) project.
Earlier this month, the TransEd Partners consortium won the PPP contract from the City of Edmonton to design, build and finance the first stage of the Valley Line LRT.
As the consortium’s operational partner, Transdev will be responsible to provide operational management support for all aspects of operations for the LRT project, including developing the operations plan and all related procedures, delivering training and providing day-to-day management of the system.
Comprised Bechtel, Bombardier, EllisDon and Fengate Capital Management, the consortium will be responsible for carrying out the project, which includes a five-year design-build phase.
The first phase of the project will connect Mill Woods in the south-east of Edmonton to Downtown, a 13km-long route with 11 stops and a two-storey station.
As consortium member, Bechtel is responsible for the design and construction of the project, while the company also helped in securing the financing, and will also assist with operations and maintenance.
With a C$391m ($280m) share, Bombardier will be responsible for the design and supply of low-floor Flexity LRVs, signalling, communications, power supply and distribution, overhead catenary system and related depot equipment.
The line will be operated by Bombardier Flexity LRVs, each capable of carrying 275 passengers.
Construction under this Valley Line LRT project will start later this year and commissioning is scheduled for late 2020.
The Valley Line LRT is designed to meet the demands of Canada’s second fastest-growing city, which is expected to increase in size by 50% by 2040.
The second stage of the Valley Line LRT will include a new 14km line, which will expand to Lewis Farms Transit Centre west of the City, allowing for 30min travel into the city centre.