First four-car "Mask" CTrain Launched

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Left to Right: Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary; Darshan Singh Kang, MP for Calgary Skyview; Michael Connolly, MLA for Calgary-Hawkwood and Jamie Kleinsteuber, MLA for Calgary-Northern Hills celebrate the launch into service of Calgary Transit’s first four-car Mask CTrain.

July 5, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

The City of Calgary is pleased to announce its first four-car Mask CTrain is now in service.

The four-car S200 CTrain will carry up to 800 passengers per trip. These new cars are among the first of 63 new CTrain cars which are arriving on a regular basis as they come off the assembly line. They are expected to continue arriving into 2017.

The new cars cost approximately $3.2 million each. The cars were funded in part by the Government of Alberta through a $133-million Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) grant and $67 million in additional Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding.

Funding of $51.3 million from the Government of Canada's Building Canada Fund has allowed Calgary Transit to undertake a number of capital projects including a contribution of approximately $20 million for platform extensions, which are required to accommodate the longer trains.

Calgary Transit is committed to improving the customer experience. The new four-car Mask trains are helping fulfil Calgary Transit's new Customer Commitment to provide safe, reliable, and easy-to-use transit. About 325,000 passengers are carried on the CTrain each week day, making it the most successful Light Rail Transit (LRT) system in North America.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada understands the important role transit plays in getting Canadians to work or school on time and back home at the end of a long day. These new four-car trains will make public transit better and more convenient for the thousands of commuters who use the CTrain every day."
Darshan Singh Kang
Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

"This is an exciting day for Calgarians. These new trains are a huge step forward in comfort and convenience. You'll notice the difference as soon as you step onboard."
Mayor Naheed Nenshi
City of Calgary

"Calgary's new CTrain cars are another example of the Government of Alberta's commitment to supporting public transit across the province. We are committed to partnering with municipalities to build sustainable, accessible, and affordable public transit that will help Albertans get to where they need to go."
Brian Mason
Alberta Transportation Minister

Contacts

Ron Collins
Communications Coordinator
Calgary Transit
403-537-7949

Aileen Machell
Press Secretary, Transportation
aileen.machell@gov.ab.ca
780-292-0154

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-991-0947
Brook.Simpson@Canada.ca

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
media@tc.gc.ca

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