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Alstom lands $35 million contract for more efficient trains in Ottawa

Alstom has signed a $34.7 million contract to supply the Canadian city of Ottawa with six new diesel trains for its O-Train light-rail service.
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Written by Andrew Nusca, Former editor on

Alstom's Transport division announced on Friday that it will supply the Canadian city of Ottawa with six new diesel multi-unit trains for its O-Train light-rail service.

The $34.7 million order, to be fulfilled in May 2013, is a part of the city's plan to continuously upgrade its rolling stock and infrastructure.

Local transit authority OC Transpo says it's currently operating vehicles that were designed to European standards and run on a segregated network; the new Coradia Lint trains have low floors, lower emissions and improved fuel economy.

The authority is working toward its plan to double capacity.

For French corporation Alstom, it's the first introduction in North America of a vehicle designed to European standards. The Coradia Lint model has already seen action in Denmark, Germany and France.

The north-south O-Train line kicked off as a pilot project in 2001; it has since doubled its ridership to 12,000 passengers a day, or about 2.3 million per year.

Photo: Coradia Lint trains in the Netherlands. (Alstom)

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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