Siemens Canada has been awarded a major contract with VIA Rail Canada to design and build 32 new bi-directional trainsets to serve more than 4.5 million passengers annually on VIA’s busiest route, the Québec City – Windsor corridor. The order is valued at $989 million CAD. In addition, VIA Rail and Siemens have entered into a 15-year technical services and spare parts supply agreement of $23.7 million CAD per year. Siemens aims to provide Canadian content of more than 20% in supplies and services. Delivery of the trainsets for testing will begin in 2021 with passenger service expected to begin in 2022.
The 32 trainsets will be powered by Siemens’ popular Charger locomotives, one of the most fuel-efficient diesel-electric locomotives in the market today, notable for its clean power and a smooth, comfortable ride. Environmentally friendly with a Tier 4 emission compliant power unit, the locomotives offer a carbon emission reduction of up to 80% compared to current equipment. The passenger cars will also feature Enhanced Universal Accessibility, offering multiple accommodations for wheelchairs and other mobility devices.
—via Press Release