Photo courtesy of Alstom.

Photo courtesy of Alstom.

Rideau Transit Group awarded Alstom a contract to provide 38 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit Expansion Project in Ottawa.

The contract is worth almost $223.92 million and is part of an effort to extend the Confederation Line further east by 7.5 miles and west by 9.3 miles.

Stage 2 will begin construction in 2019 with plans to finish in 2023, resulting in 41 stations spanning 37.2 miles of rail across the light rail transit system. Seventy-percent of Ottowans will reside within three miles of the line once it is completed.

The contract fulfills a May 31 order for Metrolinx, an Ontario government agency, to spend $529 million to supply the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area with 61 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles.

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