Through Germany's Siemens trains at Bombardier Inc. for a $ 989 million contract to build a new rolling stock, as the Canadian Railway Company returns its locomotive fleet and cars to the railway corridor between Quebec City and Windsor, Ont.
The company has approved the contract, which will show trains built at its North American manufacturing center in Sacramento, California.
Deliveries will begin in 2021 to enter the service next year.
Via Via Sienas also announced a 15-year technical services and parts agreement worth $ 355.5 million.
"When we initiate the gradual withdrawal of the current fleet, rapid delivery of the new fleet will enable Via Rail to maintain current service levels in the Quebec City-Windsor project, significantly improving the quality of its passenger experience, Desjardins-Siciliano in a statement.
Siemens Light Rail Systems are used in Edmonton and Calgary.
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The Canadian railway company requires 32 new trains to maintain its current capacity of 9,100 seats. The equipment must be able to operate on electricity once installed along the route.
Federal Transport Minister Mark Granau said the decision to bypass Bombardier and its employees at its La Fouquetre plant in Quéia was justified because Canada's free trade agreements with the European Union and the United States did not allow Ville Rale to favor Bombardier's award of contracts.
Although the trains will be in the United States, the deal will be with the Canada division, Siemens Canada, where the company employs 4,300 employees in 44 Canadian sites.
Siemens says its trains will offer passengers a quieter, smoother, and more accessible ride with carbon emissions up to 80 percent lower than the current fleet.