Have you met our newest train?
There’s a new train in town.
Have you met the FLIRT?
Also known as the Fast Light Intercity and Regional Train, the FLIRT is our newest train that is currently undergoing testing on the Stage 2 O-Train South Extension. In the near future, customers will be able to ride our newest trains between Bayview Station and Limebank Station in Riverside South on the future expanded Line 2
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Let’s get to know our new train a little better.
Meet the FLIRT
The FLIRT is twice as long and almost double the capacity of the trains that previously ran on Line 2.
Here are a few quick FLIRT facts:
- Manufactured by Stadler in Switzerland, the Stadler FLIRT is 80 metres long and can carry 420 passengers.
- 8 passenger entrance doors on each side provide easy entry and exit.
- The vehicles provide level boarding with station platforms to permit ease of access.
- 8 cooperative seating areas that can each comfortably accommodate two persons using mobility devices
- The train is diesel powered and currently operates in 21 countries from the Arctic Circle to Africa.
- All seven trains arrived in Ottawa after travelling 7,000 kilometres by truck and boat. If our FLIRTs had passports, they would have stamps from Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, United States, and Canada.
- Continuous updates on the train’s next-stop are provided to customers with onboard audible messages and digital displays
- Closed circuit television (CCTV) for safety and security of passengers and crew
Stadler FLIRT interior.
Preparing Line 2 for the FLIRT
An Alstom LINT parked between two Stadler FLIRTs.
With the Stadler FLIRT being twice as long as the trains that used to run on the line, called the Alstom LINT. The Stage 2 team has been busy extending platforms at all five existing Line 2 stations. This means customers will enjoy longer platforms at Bayview, Dow’s Lake (former Carling Station), Carleton, Mooney’s Bay, and Greenboro.
Dow's Lake Station.
Don’t worry about the Alstom LINT, you will still see them when riding the O-Train system. On Line 2, LINTs will be paired to match the length and capacity of the FLIRTs. On Line 4, single LINTs will travel between South Keys and Airport stations.
We have also constructed a brand-new maintenance facility. The seven FLIRTs and six LINTs will undergo maintenance at the new facility.
A FLIRT parked outside of the new Maintenance and Storage Facility.
The FLIRTS are currently undergoing extensive testing before they can be accepted and placed into revenue service.
How can I stay informed of Stage 2 progress?
To stay up to date on the progress of the FLIRT and Stage 2 O-Train South Extension:
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