Alstom has announced that it has signed an agreement with Metrolinx to renovate 94 BiLevel train carriages for GO Transit, the Greater Toronto Regional Transportation Service and Hamilton (GTHA) in Ontario, Canada.
The contract is valued at about 118 million euros. Renovation work on the BiLevel VII Series cars will begin at Alstom’s facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The overhaul and upgrades of the mid-life cars will be carried out over a period of two years, and will necessitate the stripping of vehicles, refurbishment of parts and production of BiLevel cars recently refurbished for the GO Transit fleet.
“We are excited about the opportunity to extend our 45-year partnership with GO Transit with the refurbishment of these BiLevel cars and we thank Metrolinks for their renewed trust and confidence and recognition of our team’s unique industrial expertise in Thunder Bay,” he said. Michael Carola, President of Alstom America. “We look forward to continuing to serve public transportation users in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton area.”
Interior updates will include installing updated sockets with USB ports, cosmetic updates to panels and flooring, complete replacement of customer seating, upgrades to bathrooms and proven in-service LED lighting.
Extending the life of these buses will ensure Metrolinks the fleet of trains available to support service improvements, including through the GO expansion program, in order to provide a more convenient service to the area.
Cars for the unique green and white GO Transit fleet have been built at Alstom’s 500,000-square-foot Thunder Bay facility for over 45 years and the team this summer completed Metrolinx’s latest order for 36 passenger vehicles and BiLevel accessible vehicles.
Alstom has been maintaining GO Transit’s bus and locomotive fleet (1,000+ pieces of rolling gear) for over 20 years.