QUEBEC CITY — Systra Canada recently announced it has been awarded a $12.5-million contract to advise the City of Quebec and its transport network, the RTC, on the design of its new tramway project and on the electrification of Quebec’s public transport network, which comprises 600 buses.
A release said the contract, awarded on Nov. 19, was for five years with the option of two additional years.
The project consists of the creation of a new line of 23 kilometres linking Charlesbourg to Cap-Rouge via Parliament Hill with an underground section of 3.5 kilometres, as well as an electrified BRT line of 17 kilometres with articulated buses.
The project is the largest of its type in the city’s history, said the release.
Systra, previously called Canarail, has worked on other tramway projects in Bordeaux, Nice, Tours and Lyon in France, Montreal, Washington, D.C., Algiers and Casablanca. The firm has assigned two specialists to the project who will be supported by Systra’s Montreal office and the teams of the Technical Directorate in France.
“Beyond all the previous mandates we have won in the sector for Systra Canada, especially the design of the Montreal tramway in 2008 and our work accompanying the REM project in 2016/2017, this new contract is in line with our ambition to develop a new transport business unit and to position ourselves as a strong and sustainable player in people’s mobility in Quebec and in Canada, in parallel with our historical activities,” commented Dave Spagnolo, head of Systra’s North America operations, in the statement.
Systra is currently working on a bus garage electrification contract in Montreal, on the Reseau Express de Montreal project, the Third Crossing Bridge project in Kingston, Ont. and a project with Via Rail for the purchase of a new fleet and furthering Via’s high frequency rail program.