Alstom has signed a contract to supply 60 new Flexity trams (streetcars) to the City of Toronto in Canada to provide additional capacity.
The 100% low-floor, zero-emission light rail vehicles (LRVs) will be supplied to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) under a contract valued at over €275 million (£193 million). They are five-module, uni-directional vehicles with all-wheel drive and are based on light rail technology modified to TTC specifications and the special requirements of Toronto’s streetcar network.
“Alstom would like to thank our customer, the TTC, for their continued confidence in our zero-emission Flexity streetcars,” said Jérôme Wallut, president of Alstom Americas. “Over the years, our innovative, reliable, Made-in-Canada rail products have established themselves as a signature element of Toronto’s iconic cityscape and contribute daily to the sustainable economic and social development of our Canadian cities.”
The Flexity LRVs for the TTC are five-module, unidirectional vehicles with all-wheel drive. They are based on light rail technology modified to TTC specifications and special requirements of Toronto’s streetcar network.
To date, 204 trams have been delivered to the TTC, and the additional order of 60 vehicles will help maintain jobs and expertise, particularly at Alstom’s site in Thunder Bay, Ontario, which has experience assembling and testing previously delivered streetcars to the TTC. The streetcar project will be supported by Alstom sites in St-Bruno and La Pocatière, Quebec, which will provide project management and certain component sub-assembly, respectively. It will allow Alstom to maintain 400 jobs at the Thunder Bay and La Pocatière facilities.
In addition to streetcars, Alstom has also supplied 480 Toronto Rocket subway cars to the TTC and is currently providing a communications-based train control (CBTC) railway signalling solution on Line 1 Yonge–University as well as the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE).