Swiss manufacturer Stadler wins $106M deal to supply trains for Trillium LRT extension

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A rendering of Stadler's FLIRT train model designed for Ottawa's Trillium Line extension.

A Swiss company will provide trains for the Trillium Line extension as part of the second stage of Ottawa’s light-rail transit line.

Stadler Rail Group announced Tuesday it had won a $106-million contract through TransitNEXT – an SNC-Lavalin subsidiary and prime contractor for Ottawa’s north-south LRT extension – to supply seven four-unit trains for the next phase of the transit line.

Stadler will provide its diesel engine FLIRT train model, which a release states is specifically designed to operate in colder weather. The company will assemble the trains in its Bussnang, Switzerland headquarters and deliver them to Ottawa by mid-2021. Construction on the north-south extension is expected to conclude in 2022.

The Trillium Line extension project will be Stadler’s second deal in Canada. The Swiss firm is currently building double-deck dome cars for a Vancouver rail operator.

SNC-Lavalin’s subsidiary won the $663-million development deal last month in controversial fashion, as reports emerged alleging the Montreal-based firm failed to meet the technical requirements for the LRT extension after councillors had already approved the contract. Mayor Jim Watson and city staff have stood by the decision, though auditor general Ken Hughes has announced his intention to review the procurement process.