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First Confederation line tram revealed

The Citadis Spirit for Ottawa is significant for manufacturer Alstom, marking its first low-floor order in North America. (Image: Alstom)

Ottawa residents got their first glimpse of a full-sized mock-up of the Alstom Citadis Spirit LRV ordered for the 12.5km (7.8-mile) Confederation line, when it was unveiled by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, joined by MP Royal Galipeau and Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca, on 29 January.

The EUR400m 34-car order for the first phase of the 13-stop Confederation line marks Alstom’s first order for the Citadis Spirit, and its first entrant into the North American 100% low-floor market. Based upon the familiar Citadis platform, the LRVs for Ottawa are dual-voltage (750V or 1.5kV), can operate at speeds of up to 100km/h (58mph) and feature uprated HVAC systems.

The LRVs will be assembled at city operator OC Transpo’s new Belfast Yard facility from components produced at Alstom sites in the USA (Hornell), France (Saint-Ouen, Valenciennes, Ornans, Le Creusot, Tarbes, Villeurbanne), Italy (Sesto), and Poland (Katowice). Opening of the line is planned for early 2018.