Alstom delivers the first of 60 new streetcars to the Toronto Transit Commission
Vehicles are made in Canada – in Thunder Bay, ON, with support from Alstom’s site in La Pocatière, QC.
Alstom announced that it has delivered the first of 60 new low-floor, zero-emission Flexity light-rail vehicles (LRV) to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) as the first step in fulfilling a contract signed in June 2021. The vehicles are being produced in Canada and will help to enhance experience for Toronto’s transit users and to meet population growth in the Greater Toronto Area. These 60 new streetcars will be added to a fleet of 204 Alstom LRVs in serving Torontonians every day. Close to 400 highly-skilled Alstom employees in Canada are at work ensuring the flawless execution of the contract until early 2025.
“The team at our manufacturing facility in Thunder Bay is unsurpassed in their experience with assembling and testing TTC streetcars, having delivered over 200 of these vehicles through the years. We are proud to offer our customer and Torontonians the public transit they deserve through our ability to manufacture and test locally thanks to Alstom’s large industrial footprint in the province,” said David Van Der Wee, Vice President Rolling Stock, North America.
Alstom’s site in La Pocatière, QC, supports Thunder Bay’s final assembly line in providing component sub-assemblies for the project such as the flat pack, which includes the underframe, side walls, roof and articulation portals, as well as the truck frames. This was made possible thanks to a Quebec government forgivable loan that allowed the site to boost productivity through modernization and automatization of specific areas of the facility.
In addition to streetcars, Alstom has also supplied 480 Toronto Rocket subway cars to the TTC and is currently providing a communications-based train control (CBTC) railway signalling solution on Line 1 Yonge–University as well as the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE).
Globally, over 5,000 Flexity LRVs have been ordered or are already in successful revenue service. They are renowned for their ability to run smoothly in addition to their spacious interiors, wide doors, air conditioning, enhanced features for people with limited mobility and improved passenger information, all to ensure a more comfortable journey and passenger experience.
Alstom is leading the way toward more sustainable mobility options. With demand on the rise, cities and countries need transport solutions that help decrease greenhouse gas emissions, congestion, and pollution to improve public health for the years to come. With 4 600 Canadian employees, Alstom is the only global rail mobility manufacturer to have production facilities in the country.