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VIA Rail seeks contractor to overhaul passenger cars


Two months ago, VIA Rail Canada Inc. announced plans to upgrade its fleet of F-40 locomotives. Now, the agency is turning its focus to rebuilding cars.

The intercity passenger-rail operator is issuing a request for proposals to upgrade 98 LRC passenger cars that operate in the Québec City-Windsor corridor. The agency plans to install new electrical and mechanical systems; improve lighting, heating and air conditioning systems; renovate interiors; and repaint exteriors to feature VIA Rail’s new color scheme.

Renovation work is expected to begin in 2009 and take four years to complete. The fleet modernization program is part of the Canadian government’s $691 million plan to improve passenger-rail reliability.

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