Alstom finalized a contract to provide 34 light rail vehicles and 30 years of maintenance services to the Rideau Transit Group (RTG) consortium that was selected to design, build, finance and maintain the first line of the Ottawa Light Rapid Transit (OLRT) system.
The new Citadis Spirit that Alstom is launching in the North American market will have many features that accommodate Ottawa’s particular needs. Designed in a high-capacity version, it will be able to operate in extreme winter conditions. It will also benefit from a top speed of 65 mph, reducing travel time between suburban areas and the city center. As all Alstom trams, it will have a full low-floor accessibility and onboard bicycle storage.
Alstom will build the vehicles in America and assemble them in Ottawa.
Construction of the OLRT system project will start in the next few months and the system is expected to enter full service in spring of 2018.