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Alstom capitalises on Metrolinx uncertainty

(Image courtesy: Alstom/Metrolinx)

On 12 May Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area transport authority, awarded Alstom an order for 61 Citadis Spirit 100% low-floor light rail vehicles in a deal worth CAD529m (EUR350m).

The order includes options for further vehicles and the first 17 48m LRVs are planned for the Finch West LRT project, with the other 44 due for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line, due to open in 2021. The controversial contract comes amidst a legal battle between Metrolinx and Bombardier Transportation over claims of late deliveries of Flexity vehicles ordered from the Eglinton Crosstown line in 2010.

‘We are going through a dispute resolution process with Bombardier, but that could take eight to 12 months, and we can’t wait that long to determine whether Bombardier will be able to deliver’, explained Metrolinx CEO John Jensen. ‘We are hopeful that Bombardier can get its program on track. However, the steps we are taking give us a safety net if it turns out Bombardier is unable to fulfil its contract.’

Should Bombardier deliver on time, the 44 Alstom LRVs would be reassigned to the Hurontario LRT project.

Alstom is currently supplying 34 Citadis Spirit LRVs for Ottawa’s Confederation Line under a contract signed in 2013.