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TIN news:   Alstom has secured a €125m contract from Rideau Transit Maintenance General Partnership (RTM) to maintain the city of Ottawa’s light rail transit system in Canada.
The award for the O-Train Confederation Line follows a contract signed in 2013 to supply 34 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles to Ottawa.
Under the contract, Alstom will be responsible for maintaining the complete line.
The 30-year maintenance contract covers the tracks, operating controls and power substation, as well as the signalling and communications systems. 
Rideau Transit Maintenance general manager Grant Bailey said: “We are pleased to award Alstom this expanded scope in maintaining the Confederation Line system.
“This contract places many of the critical system interfaces under the responsibility of a single service provider and will result in streamlined maintenance processes and improved system reliability.”
The 12.5km-long line will have 13 stations and is expected to begin a full service in 2018.
"The contract will result in streamlined maintenance processes and improved system reliability."
At present, Alstom is assembling the Citadis Spirit vehicles at the Belfast Yard facility in Ottawa, the site of the operator OC Transpo.
Alstom Canada managing director Angelo Guercioni said: “Alstom is very committed to Ottawa’s light rail system, and we are pleased that RTM has chosen Alstom to maintain the O-Train Confederation Line.
“Not only will the City of Ottawa benefit from Alstom’s worldwide experience in delivering light rail vehicles and maintaining light rail infrastructure systems, this maintenance contract also will create new highly skilled manufacturing and engineering jobs.”
Citadis Spirit has been designed for high capacity and will be able to operate in extreme cold weather and circulate at speeds of up to 100kmph.
The assembly area at Belfast Yard will be converted into a maintenance centre after delivering all Citadis Spirit vehicles.

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