Montreal Quebec - VIA has awarded a contract valued at $46 million to CAD Railway Industries (CAD) to upgrade 25 train cars intended for use on the long-haul train, the Canadian.
Built in the 1950s, these cars will be completely refurbished and transformed to better meet our clients' present and future needs.
This work will be undertaken by 100 CAD employees at their Montreal facilities.
As part of VIA's commitment to sustainable mobility, the contract awarded to CAD to renovate these stainless steel cars will extend their useful life by a few decades and is in keeping with the Corporation's "re-use-recycle-upgrade" approach.
The cars will be retrofitted with a view to enhancing the passenger experience and making the equipment more reliable.
The work will include:
Providing Safe Accessible and Environmentally Sound Services
The renovations are part of VIA Rail's transformation plan for Canadian rail passenger service.
This plan includes renovating a part of the rolling stock and acquiring a new fleet for the Quebec City-Windsor corridor.
Funding for these undertakings was approved by the federal government in its 2017 and 2018 Budgets, respectively.
As part of this program, a contract was awarded to Bombardier Transportation for the renovation of 17 train cars that will form a new fully accessible generation of cars.
This work will significantly increase the number of refurbished 1950s-era cars to better serve our clients.
The program is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
The contracts with CAD and Bombardier are in addition to 33 cars currently under renovation, and the other cars that were converted over the past years by VIA's Montreal Maintenance Centre experts.
About CAD Railway Industries
Established 45 years ago in Lachine, Quebec, CAD Railway Industries is Canada's largest rolling stock repair and refurbishment company.
The refurbishment work of CAD Railway Industries adds approximately 20 years of useful life to railway vehicles and related components.
The company also has a testing center, unique in Quebec and Canada, and one of only three in North America.
It also works with its main customers on R&D projects aimed at optimizing the performance of new or refurbished diesel engines, reducing their energy consumption and their atmospheric emissions.
The company has 500 employees at its strategically located facilities in Lachine, Toronto, Oshawa, and Calgary.