CAF to supply LRVs for Calgary’s Green Line

Nov. 19, 2021
The city’s contract with CAF will see delivery of 28 low-floor light-rail vehicles with options to procure additional vehicles for any future Green Line expansion projects.

The city of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, has awarded a contract to CAF to supply light-rail vehicles for the city’s Green Line Light-Rail Transit (LRT) Project – the largest infrastructure project in Calgary’s history.

The 20-km (12.4-mile) LRT project will be constructed in two phases with the first connecting 18 kms (11.18 miles) between Shepard to Eau Clare. The second phase will construct the final two kilometers (1.24 miles) from Eau Clare to 16 Avenue North.

“Awarding this contract is a major project milestone and step forward in delivering Calgary’s next LRT,” said Darshpreet Bhatti, Green Line CEO. “CAF’s proposal met all of the city’s technical and commercial requirements and their Urbos 100 LRVs offer proven modern low-floor technology adding excellent value for Calgarians. CAF in an industry leader and this new fleet will provide Calgary with a world class transit option.”

CAF is familiar brand globally with more than 40 projects across five continents, but the Green Line LRVs will be the first project the company has completed in Canada. While the vehicle manufacturer may be new, the technology built into the LRV is well proven with low-floor LRVs across Canada and the United States.

CAF will supply 28 modern, low floor Urbos 100 vehicles for the project, which Calgary explains will improve accessibility, reduce station footprint and enhance safety for pedestrians and vehicles. The contract includes tools and support for operating and maintaining the new fleet and includes an option to procure additional vehicles for future phases of the Green Line project.

"CAF is extremely grateful to the city of Calgary for choosing our company as a major partner for the future Green Line LRT Project, the city's most important infrastructure project to date,” said Jesús Esnaola Altuna, CAF general chief sales officer “We are extremely committed and enthusiastic about this project and would like to draw attention to the transparency of the bidding process as well as the professionalism shown by Calgary’s project team.”

When the first phase of the project opens, it is expected to connect more than 55,000 riders to Calgary’s transit network.

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.