A contract has been awarded for the supply of 28 modern low floor Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) for the Green Line LRT Project.
The Green Line Board and The City awarded the contract to Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, the City of Calgary said in a news release.
The statement further added that the robust competitive procurement process, which began in February 2019, was overseen by a third-party fairness monitor throughout the RFQ and RFP process.
Darshpreet Bhatti, Green Line CEO, said “Awarding this contract is a major project milestone and step forward in delivering Calgary’s next LRT.”
Bhatti further added “CAF’s proposal met all of The City’s technical and commercial requirements and their Urbos 100 LRVs offer proven modern low-floor technology adding excellent value for Calgarians. CAF in an industry leader and this new fleet will provide Calgary with a world class transit option.”
The contract also includes the ability for The City to procure additional vehicles for future Green Line stages along with tools and support for operating and maintaining this new fleet.
“CAF is extremely grateful to the City of Calgary for choosing our Company as a major partner for the future Green Line LRT Project, the City’s most important infrastructure project to date,” said Jesús Esnaola Altuna, CAF General Chief Sales Officer “We are extremely committed and enthusiastic about this Project and would like to draw attention to the transparency of the bidding process as well as the professionalism shown by Calgary’s project team.”
Low floor LRV technology has been the standard in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand for decades. It is now becoming the choice for many new LRT systems across Canada and the United States including Ottawa, Waterloo, Toronto, Portland and Minneapolis and marks an exciting step for Calgary’s transit network.
Green Line is the first project CAF will complete in Canada and follows more than 40 projects that the CAF Group is currently working on across five continents.
Phase 1 of Green Line will connect more than 55,000 riders to Calgary’s transit network and create almost 20,000 jobs throughout construction.