Friday, June 11, 2010

Calgary Transit set to double the size of its CTrain fleet

Yesterday, Calgary Transit received the first of the 38 new CTrain cars it purchased to help meet the increased demand on Calgary’s public transit system.

The addition of these 38 new cars will increase the number of CTrain cars to 193, more than doubling the size of its fleet since 2001.

“The addition of these new CTrain cars is an important step towards meeting the needs of Calgarians, accommodating ridership growth and introducing future four-car trains to Calgary’s LRT system,” said Mayor Dave Bronconnier.

The new cars have a number of additional features including side mounted seating (which allows for greater capacity in each of the cars) onboard video monitoring and recording, automated station announcements and full air conditioning. In addition, the cars will have interior signage that will indicate the next stop and any applicable special messages.

The $136 million for the purchase of the CTrain cars came from the Government of Alberta‘s Municipal Sustainability Initiative.

More than $2 billion has been invested in Calgary’s LRT system since its inception in 1981.

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