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VIA Rail contracts IRSI to rehab passenger cars


VIA Rail Canada Inc. recently awarded two contracts to Industrial Rail Services Inc. (IRSI) to rehabilitate and improve accessibility on more than 100 passenger cars.

Under a $98.9 million contract, IRSI will overhaul 98 VIA Rail passenger cars to extend their life by 20 years and reduce energy consumption by up to 20 percent. Under a separate $5.8 million contract, the supplier will upgrade 21 of VIA Rail's Renaissance cars to improve accessibility. The cars run on the Quebec-to-Toronto segment of VIA Rail's main corridor, and on its overnight route from Montreal to Halifax.

The car upgrades are being funded through the Canadian government's Economic Action Plan.

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