Canada: Alstom to Overhaul GO Transit’s BiLevel Commuter Rail Cars

Alstom has signed a contract with Metrolinx to refurbish 94 BiLevel series VII commuter rail cars.

This is for GO Transit, the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

GO Transit Willowbrook (Toronto) Maintenance Facility
GO Transit Willowbrook (Toronto) Maintenance Facility

Alstom (as Bombardier Transportation) has been building cars for GO Transit’s fleet at its Thunder Bay, Ontario facility for more than 45 years.

The 94 BiLevel cars, originally built between 2003–2008, will be refurbished at this facility in a contract valued at 118 million euros (133.74m USD).

Over a two-year period, the cars will be stripped down and overhauled with new parts. Work will include the installation of USB ports, LED lighting, upgrades to the bathroom and cosmetic updates to the panelling and flooring. All customer seating will also be replaced.

Michael Keroullé, President, Alstom Americas, said:

“We're delighted with the opportunity to extend our 45-year partnership with GO Transit with the overhaul of these BiLevel cars.

“We thank Metrolinx for their renewed trust and confidence and for recognising the unique industrial expertise of our team in Thunder Bay.”

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