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Alstom's Customised Rail Cars for CTDOT Set to Revolutionize Connecticut Commuting

Alstom's Customised Rail Cars for CTDOT Set to Revolutionize Connecticut Commuting
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15 / 08 / 2023

Alstom and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) confirmed an order for 60 single-level rail coach cars valued at approximately €285 million (approximately USD $315 million) with options to build an additional 313 cars, as part of CTDOT’s coach renewal program for its statewide rail system. Delivery is scheduled to begin in 2026.

The agreement calls for the delivery of fully customized, sustainable, next-generation commuter rail cars specifically designed for North America, providing riders with safe, comfortable, 125 mph commuter rail serviceThe new vehicles will all be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and American Public Transportation Association (APTA) requirements.

The vehicles will have a convenient two-by-two seating configuration with foldable tables and easy access for wheelchair passengers. The new cars will also provide an enhanced passenger experience with convenient overhead luggage racks, workstation tables, and bicycle storage area, safe and reliable Wi-Fi access, real-time information on upcoming stops, conveniently located power and USB access, and the most current cybersecurity safety features. In addition, passengers will enjoy panoramic balcony-style windows at wheeled mobility spaces, allowing for the flow of natural sunlight through the car’s interior, giving riders great views.

“Having a modernized transit system with safe, comfortable, and convenient access to work, homes, and fun is essential to attracting the kind of businesses and workforce talent we need to grow good-paying jobs and remain economically competitive,” Governor Lamont said. “Connecticut is the home of the busiest rail line in the nation, and the purchase of these new rail cars continues our efforts to deliver better and more reliable service for commuters.”

“The CTDOT Office of Rail is working hard to upgrade the trip for rail customers across Connecticut. We know they want more comfortable seats, Wi-Fi access, bike storage, and ADA accessibility, and we’re taking action on those needs with steps like this,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto. “We’re pleased to partner with Alstom on the order of this next generation of rail cars. This order is part of our ongoing capital program to purchase new rail cars and improve the customer experience.”  

“We are proud to be a part of this exciting new chapter for CTDOT and the people of Connecticut,” said Michael Keroullé, President of Alstom Americas. “We look forward to further building upon our relationship with CTDOT by providing extensive expertise ranging from passenger ergonomics, experience, and comfort to operational considerations and optimized maintenance practices for years to come.”

Alstom is leading the way toward more sustainable mobility options. With demand on the rise, cities, and countries need transport solutions that help decrease greenhouse gas emissions, congestion, and pollution to improve public health for the years to come. The new cars will offer CTDOT passengers a reliable and fast regional rail option, reducing traffic congestion along the region’s interstates and the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet its 2030 targets.

With more than 2,500 bi-level and multi-level cars and more than 1,400 single-deck cars developed and manufactured in North America, Alstom is a significant contributor to the capacity and quality of passenger rail transportation of major cities across the United States, specifically the northeastern region.

Alstom’s commuter transport solutions support urban ecosystems all over the world to grow sustainably, accommodate increasing numbers of commuters and alleviate traffic congestion. Alstom is a leader in the commuter market with over 40 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and maintaining commuter trains. Alstom is constantly improving its products to provide passengers and operators with the best and latest railway technologies based on electric overhead catenary, hybrid, battery, and hydrogen energy supply. More than 31,000 Alstom commuter rail cars have been delivered to 15 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australia, facilitating the daily life of millions of urban citizens.

Source: Alstom