Taking a one-stop-shop approach, these companies help enhance services by forming strategic partnerships with local companies and focusing on regional needs. They can also improve fleet reliability and offer technological innovations and safety programs.
Although it is slow to take off in the U.S., there are plenty of possible benefits that could be derived through public-private partnerships, design-build and more. Experts are quick to point out, however, that it is not a magic bullet for completing construction projects.
In late February, Alstom finalized a contract to provide 34 light rail vehicles and 30 years of maintenance services to the Rideau Transit Group consortium that was selected to design, build, finance and maintain the first line of the Ottawa Light Rapid Transit system.
During EXPO, Managing Editor Alex Roman sat down with Guillaume Mehlman (shown far right), managing director, Alstom Transportation Inc., North America, and Alain Mercier, president of OC Transpo, for a brief conversation.
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