Calgary Green Line CAF Urbos 100 LRV impression 2

CANADA: The city of Calgary has selected CAF to supply 28 light rail vehicles for Stage 1 of the future Green Line.

The Spanish company said the contract announced on November 17 is its first rolling stock order from Canada, and includes design, manufacturing and commissioning of the LRVs and associated depot and testing equipment, as well as a technical support and spares supply agreement.

Calgary Green Line CAF Urbos 100 LRV impression cab side

The seven-section Urbos 100 trams will be 42 m long with a capacity of 288 passengers, including 73 seated. The Green Line will use low floor cars, in contrast to the high floor vehicles on the existing Red and Blue lines.

There is an option for up to 24 more LRVs and extending the duration of the support contract, which could take the total value of the deal to almost €300m.

Calgary municipality said the ‘robust’ competitive procurement process which began in February 2019 had been overseen by a third-party fairness monitor.

‘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’, said Green Line CEO Darshpreet Bhatti. ‘CAF is an industry leader and this new fleet will provide Calgary with a world class transit option.’

Stage 1 of the Green Line will run 18 km north from Shepard, where the depot will be located, to the Eau Claire area, with 13 stops. A planned second phase of Stage 1 would extend the route from Eau Claire to 16 Avenue North with one intermediate stop at 9 Avenue North, subject to the first phase being completed within cost estimates. In the longer term, further stages are proposed which could take the line to 46 km and 29 stops.