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Alstom to overhaul 94 bilevel cars for GO Transit

GO Transit's cars were built between 2003 and 2008.
Photo – Metrolinx


Alstom has won a CA$171 million contract from Metrolinx to overhaul 94 bilevel commuter-rail cars for GO Transit.

Refurbishing work on the cars — which were originally built between 2003 and 2008 — will begin soon at Alstom’s facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The mid-life overhaul and upgrade work will be performed over a two-year period, requiring the vehicles to be stripped down, overhauled and refurbished.

Updates to the interior will include the installation of updated outlets with USB ports, cosmetic enhancements to panelling and flooring, a full seating replacement, and upgrades to restrooms and LED lighting.

Extending the cars’ life will help ensure Metrolinx has the necessary fleet available to support service enhancements, such as those planned in the GO Expansion program, to provide faster and more convenient service, Alstom and Metrolinx officials said in a press release.

Alstom has maintained GO Transit’s fleet of coaches and locomotives for more than 20 years.