Canada: Bombardier-Alstom Consortium AZUR Metro Cars in Service
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A consortium composed of Bombardier and Alstom have celebrated the inaugural run of their AZUR metro cars in Montréal.
Raymond Bachant, President of Bombardier Transportation – Americas, said:
“We wish to congratulate our customer, the Société de Transport de Montréal, with whom we inaugurated today the AZUR metro cars. We have spared no efforts in carrying out this project and helping shape the City’s vision: offering Montrealers cutting-edge metro cars that will provide STM passengers with the reliable, comfortable and rapid service to meet the high expectations of Québec’s metropolis.
“AZUR has undergone strict and extensive qualification testing on the STM network, validating the metro trainset in its operating environment and confirming its performance,” said Angelo Guercioni, President of Alstom Canada. “With today’s entry into service, passengers can be assured of comfortable, enjoyable and safe journeys.”
As leader of the consortium, Bombardier led the project, with the design and engineering of the cars taking place at its St. Bruno, Québec, site, and production and final assemblage at its La Pocatière manufacturing facility.
Alstom contributed to the project by supplying 900 bogies for the cars, as well as the automatic train control system and communications and passenger information and video surveillance systems . The new bogies are fitted with pneumatic suspension, traction and regenerative breaking systems, and were manufactured at Alstom’s plant in Sorel-Tracy, Québec. Alstom’s automatic train control system was modified to the operational constraints and infrastructure of the network.
The creation of the cars has employed an excess of 150 Canadian suppliers, with more than 60% of the components of the cars being manufactured in Canada.