Alstom, TTC sign agreement for 60 new streetcars

June 3, 2021
The streetcar order will preserve jobs at Alstom’s Thunder Bay facility and help TTC meet growth needs.

Alstom has signed a contract with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in Ontario, Canada, to supply its Flexity streetcars that will help TTC meet Toronto’s ridership demands and growth needs.

The contract, valued at more than €275 million (US$335.77 million), calls for the manufacture of 60 of the low-floor, zero-emission light-rail vehicles.

“Alstom would like to thank our customer, the TTC, for their continued confidence in our zero-emission Flexity streetcars,” said Jérôme Wallut, president, Alstom Americas. “Over the years, our innovative, reliable, Made-in-Canada rail products have established themselves as a signature element of Toronto’s iconic cityscape and contribute daily to the sustainable economic and social development of our Canadian cities.”

The Flexity LRVs for the TTC are five-module, uni-directional vehicles with all-wheel drive. They are based on light rail technology modified to TTC specifications and special requirements of Toronto’s streetcar network. To date, 204 streetcars have been delivered to the TTC, and the additional order of 60 streetcars will help maintain jobs and expertise, particularly at Alstom’s site in Thunder Bay, Ontario, which has experience assembling and testing previously delivered streetcars to the TTC.

In May, the governments of Canada and Ontario, as well as the city of Toronto committed a total of C$568 million (US$468.79 million) toward the project that will also see TTC expand its Toronto Hillcrest storage facility.

The streetcar project will be supported by Alstom sites in St-Bruno and La Pocatière, Quebec, which will provide project management and certain component sub-assembly, respectively. It will allow Alstom to maintain 400 jobs at the Thunder Bay and La Pocatière facilities.

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