Alstom Transport announced it will supply six new diesel multi-unit (DMU) trainsets to OC Transpo, the urban transit service for the city of Ottawa. This order of CAD$34 million is part of OC Transpo's plan to continuously upgrade O-Train rolling stock and infrastructure and continue providing the quality service Ottawa passengers have come to expect. The new Alstom DMUs, called Coradia Lint, will be delivered in May 2013.
OC Transpo is currently operating vehicles that run on a segregated network and which were designed to European standards. Coradia Lint is the ideal vehicle for Ottawa's rail commuter service as it is a modern, high-performance, reliable, low-floor DMU. Features of the Coradia Lint include:
- Lower emissions and better fuel economy, providing a cleaner vehicle and reduced emissions;
- Passenger capacity of 260;
- Flexible operation with short travelling times and small stop distances that help meet demanding timetables, and
- Performances proven on European networks with more than 500 vehicles delivered to date.
"This contract represents for Alstom the first introduction in North America of a vehicle designed to European standards. We are proud to bring our global DMU expertise to North America and to support OC Transpo in its plans to double capacity and increase service," said Guillaume Mehlman, president of Alstom Transportation in North America. "By choosing Alstom's Coradia Lint, the city of Ottawa is providing a safe, reliable mass transit solution to its citizens, which also reduces emissions and traffic congestion."
The Coradia Lint has proven its outstanding reliability and quality in numerous passenger revenue service operations for many transit authorities and operators in countries such as Denmark, Germany and France. Alstom has delivered more than 500 Coradia Lint trainsets to both public and private operators that have together covered more than 400 million kilometres in commercial service.
The O-Train is an eight kilometre light-rail service that began as a pilot project in 2001. The initial ridership target of the O-Train pilot project was between 5,100 and 6,400 customer-trips per day, but has since reached 12,000, and today carries 2.3 million passengers annually.