ALSTOM has received a C$ 123m ($US 90m) order from TransLink, the public transport authority for the Canadian city of Vancouver, to supply six five-car Mark V trains for the SkyTrain automated light metro network.

The Mark V trains will have full-width gangways between the cars, with seats mainly in a forward-facing configuration. There will be more space for bikes and luggage, and the new fleet will also feature digital passenger information displays.

Accessibility enhancements include strip indicator lights at the doors to alert passengers with impaired hearing when the doors are closing or emergency braking is in progress. An audible door-closing signal and on-train announcements will assist passengers who are visually impaired.

Alstom is currently supplying 41 five-car Mark V trains to TransLink under a C$ 721m contract awarded to Bombardier in December 2020. The first trains were delivered to Vancouver in December 2023, with design, manufacture and testing taking place at the Alstom facilities in Kingston, Ontario, and La Pocatière and Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville in Quebec.

Following its acquisition of Bombardier, Alstom now has 4600 employees in Canada. It says it is the only global rolling stock manufacturer to have production facilities in that country.

“We’re proud and honoured of the continued confidence of TransLink,” says Mr Michael Keroullé, president and CEO of Alstom Americas.

“This additional order for our made-in-Canada vehicles, specifically designed for Vancouver SkyTrain, will help improve daily commutes in the Greater Vancouver area.”

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