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The Alstom Citadis is a world-class electric light rail vehicle that will move Ottawa more quickly, comfortably, reliably and quietly than ever before. Used in 40 cities around the world, the Alstom Citadis currently moves more than 2 million travellers per day. The vehicle will be assembled and maintained at the new state-of-the-art Belfast Yard, providing long-term skilled jobs for the city.

Vehicle features:

  • Model: Citadis Spirit
  • Manufactured by Alstom
  • Alstom vehicles are in service worldwide
  • Assembled in Ottawa at Belfast Yard
  • 34 Alstom Citadis Spirit train cars will begin operation in 2018
  • Proven in winter conditions: windows are double glazed with laminated glazing
  • Maximum vehicle speed: 100 km/h
  • Average operating speed is 35 km/h
  • Average Annual distance for each train: 100 000 km
  • Vehicle body: length of 48.5 m, width of 2.65 m, height of 3.6 m
  • 300 passengers per car – 120 seated and 180 standees
  • 1 or 2 vehicles per train
  • 100% low floor with 4 designated multi-purpose areas per car
  • Fully electric: clean transportation with zero emissions

Zero Emissions:

  • Reduced road vehicle emissions each year:
  • 94,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases
  • 4,500 tonnes of criteria air contaminants
  • 10 million litres of diesel fuel
  • 5,600 tonnes of roadway salt
  • Regenerative braking saves electric power by recycling waste energy as electricity for other trains on the system

Safe and Comfortable:

  • Spacious, secure boarding platforms, including 4 underground stations
  • Heated waiting areas with easy access to information and security
  • CCTV coverage
  • Ticket vending machines and fare gates
  • 100% low floor vehicles with large doors and level boarding
  • Panoramic windows
  • No level crossings or mixed traffic
  • Automated next stations display and audio announcements in each car


  • Final design: 2013-2015
  • Delivery of vehicle parts: 2015-2016
  • Vehicle assembly: 2016-2017
  • Testing: 2017-2018

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