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After the Locomotives, now It's Time for Passenger Cars


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After the Locomotives, now It's Time for Passenger Cars

Following the signing of a $100 million contract last December to upgrade its F-40 locomotive fleet, VIA Rail Canada has announced another major investment today. This morning, the Corporation issued a request for proposals to upgrade the LRC passenger cars used in the Québec City-Windsor corridor.


Ninety-eight cars are covered by the request for proposals. New electrical and mechanical systems will be installed. Improvements will be made to the lighting as well as the heating and air conditioning systems. This will lead to new energy savings. VIA will take advantage of this opportunity to renovate the interiors of the cars and will ensure that their exteriors bear the company's new colour scheme for equipment. The work should start in 2009 and take four years to complete.


According to Mr. Paul Côté, President and CEO of VIA, this initiative flows directly from a five-year investment of $691 million by the federal government to improve the reliability and sustainability of passenger rail transportation in Canada, announced last fall by Mr. Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.


Full story: Mass Transit Mag.com icon_offsite.png - February 13, 2008

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