Siemens Mobility has secured a €650m contract to design and deliver 32 bi-directional trainsets to VIA Rail Canada.
The contract also includes a 15-year Technical Services and Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA) for maintenance services of the fleet.
The trainsets will replace the current fleet that operates on VIA’s Quebec City–Windsor Corridor route.
Spanning more than 2,200km, the corridor connects Toronto and Montreal, the two largest cities in the country. This year, more than 4.5 million passengers travelled through this route.
VIA Rail Canada president and CEO Yves-Desjardins-Siciliano said: “As we are initiating the gradual withdrawal of the current fleet, the timely delivery of the new fleet will allow VIA Rail to maintain the current levels of service in the Québec-City Windsor Corridor, while significantly improving the quality of its passenger experience.”
The trainsets will be powered by diesel-electric charger locomotives and will be equipped with various features, such as modern climate control, high-performance Wi-Fi and digital information system to increase passenger comfort.
They will also feature LED lighting, USB ports, wide seats, flexible luggage space and a separate area to keep bikes.
Additionally, the units will be designed to ensure universal accessibility and comply with the latest safety standards.
Siemens Mobility CEO Sabrina Soussan said: “Siemens Mobility is committed to delivering intelligent trains that enhance passenger experience, increase value sustainably over their lifecycle and improve availability.”
The trains will be built at Siemens Mobility’s rolling stock manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California.
With deliveries scheduled to begin in 2021, they will be deployed for passenger service from 2022.