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OC Transpo chooses Alstom to supply six trains

Trains to offer lower fuel emissions and better fuel economy


September 16, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff

NEW YORK: Alstom Transport will supply six new diesel multi-unit (DMU) trainsets to OC Transpo, the urban transit service for the City of Ottawa. The order of CAD$34 million is part of OC Transpo’s plan to continuously upgrade O-Train rolling stock and infrastructure. The new Alstom DMUs, called Coradia Lint, will be delivered in May 2013.

OC Transpo operates vehicles that run on a segregated network and which were designed to European standards. Alstom Transport said that Coradia Lint is a suitable vehicle for Ottawa’s rail commuter service as it is a modern, high-performance,  low-floor DMU. Features of the Coradia Lint include:

  • Lower emissions and better fuel economy;
  • Passenger capacity of 260;
  • Flexible operation with short traveling times and small stop distances; and
  • Performances proven on European networks with more than 500 vehicles delivered to date.

“This contract represents for Alstom the first introduction in North America of a vehicle designed to European standards,” said Guillaume Mehlman, president of Alstom Transportation in North America. “By choosing Alstom’s Coradia Lint, the City of Ottawa is providing a safe, reliable mass transit solution to its citizens, which also reduces emissions and traffic congestion.”

The Coradia Lint is used by many transit authorities and operators in countries such as Denmark, Germany and France.  Alstom has delivered more than 500 Coradia Lint trainsets to both public and private operators that have together covered more than 400 million kilometres in commercial service.