Bombardier Transportation, as part of TransEd Partners, has been awarded a contract for the Valley Line LRT in Edmonton, Alberta.
The TransEd team is comprised of Bombardier, Bechtel, EllisDon and Fengate. Bombardier is responsible for the design and supply of the vehicles, signalling, communications, power supply and distribution, overhead catenary system, and related depot equipment. Bombardier’s scope is valued at approximately $391 million CDN ($280 million US, 247 million euro).
The Valley Line LRT project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) that includes a five-year Design-Build stage and a 30-year operation and maintenance (O&M) term. Bombardier brings to this project its extensive experience in delivering large, complex PPP projects in other countries.
Stage 1 of the Valley Line LRT includes a southeast to downtown rail line with 11 stops and one station. BOMBARDIER FLEXITY light rail vehicles will each carry 275 passengers along the 13 km system. These 100% low-floor vehicles allow for easy access for all passengers and provide a smooth and comfortable ride. Bombardier has sold more than 1,500 FLEXITY 100% low-floor trams to date. About 5,000 Bombardier trams and LRVs are in revenue service or on order in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.
Bombardier will also lead the performance of the 30-year Operations, Maintenance and Rehabilitation scope of work for the entire Edmonton Valley Line System. This further emphasizes Bombardier’s leadership as a provider of passenger rail services in the Americas and worldwide. It will bring to the team its strong services portfolio to complement its innovative FLEXITY light rail technology throughout the entire product life cycle, in order to ensure the highest levels of safety, customer service, on-time performance, fleet availability and reliability.
Raymond Bachant, President, Americas Division, Bombardier Transportation, said: [quote font_size=”20″]“As a global transit supplier, Bombardier has the expertise to be a reliable light rail system provider for the City of Edmonton. As part of TransEd Partners, we will deliver a modern and dependable LRT system that offers an easy and attractive alternative to the personal car, and provide a long-term partnership to the City of Edmonton”.[/quote]
The new line will cross over the North Saskatchewan River Valley – a protected greenspace highly-valued by Edmonton residents. To preserve the valley and surrounding area, TransEd Partners will implement responsible construction activities to restrict disturbances to the land or contamination of the river.