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February 14, 2016

TransEd Partners consortium wins first phase of Valley Line LRT project in Canada

The TransEd Partners consortium has secured a public-private-partnership (PPP) contract from the City of Edmonton to design, build and finance the first stage of the city's Valley Line light rail transit (LRT) project in Alberta, Canada.

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The TransEd Partners consortium has secured a public-private-partnership (PPP) contract from the City of Edmonton to design, build and finance the first stage of the city’s Valley Line light rail transit (LRT) project in Alberta, Canada.

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, followed by operation and maintenance for about 30 years.

Construction under this Valley Line LRT project will start later this year and commissioning is scheduled for late 2020.

"Bombardier has the expertise to be a reliable light rail system provider for the City of Edmonton."

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.

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.

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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 one two-storey station.

The line will be operated by Bombardier Flexity LRVs, which will each be capable of carrying 275 passengers.

Bombardier Transportation Americas Division president Raymond Bachant said: "As a global transit supplier, Bombardier has the expertise to be a reliable light rail system provider for the City of Edmonton.

"As part of TransEd Partners, we will deliver a modern and dependable LRT system that offers an easy and attractive alternative to the personal car, and provide a long-term partnership to the City of Edmonton."

In total, the project is estimated to cost C$1.8bn ($1.3bn), with the City of Edmonton contributing C$800m ($578m) of the funding, while the federal government is contributing C$400m ($289m)through PPP Canada and the New Building Canada Fund.

The remaining C$600m ($433m) is being adjusted by the province of Alberta, which is also providing an interest-free loan for a total contribution.

The Valley Line will eventually be extended to Lewis Farms to create a 27km line with 28 stations carrying around 100,000 daily commuters.


Image: Bombardier Flexity light rail vehicles will serve new Valley Line LRT in Alberta. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.

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