Stadler has secured a C$106m ($78.6m) contract to deliver seven four-unit diesel-electric FLIRT trains to the city of Ottawa in Canada.

The contract was awarded by the City of Ottawa and SNC Lavalin Group as a part of the Stage 2 O-Train Trillium Line extension project.

The trains will be designed to operate under extremely cold Canadian climates, as well as to comply with the emission standard Tier4 final.

Each vehicle will be equipped with four 480 kW diesel engines. Capable of running at a maximum speed of 120km/h, the trains will be compliant with ADA and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards.

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“The trains will be compliant with ADA and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards.”

Additionally, they will be designed to fulfil the North American fire safety standard NFPA 130.

Stadler’s facility in Bussnang, Switzerland, will be building and assembling the FLIRT trains for Ottawa.

The site is said to have adequate experience in manufacturing trains with requirements to operate in extreme weather conditions.

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Stadler will start delivering the diesel-electric FLIRT trains to Ottawa in mid-2021. After delivery, they will undergo a wide range of tests before being inducted into commercial services on the extended Trillium Line.

Last month, the City Council of Ottawa selected preferred proponents for the Trillium Line extension, as a part of the overall expansion of the O-Train, the local light rail system.

The council selected TransitNEXT, a wholly owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, to design, build, finance and maintain the Trillium Line extension. The project involves building 16km of line and eight stations.

The O-train expansion also included the extension of the Confederation Line.