Otis providing 54 elevators for Ottawa LRT project

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Otis says it is providing 54 elevators and modernizing two existing units for the O-Train Confederation Line, the first leg of Ottawa’s electric Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

Otis Canada Inc. was awarded the contract to provide 44 Gen2 elevators, 10 special freight elevators, and to modernize two additional elevators. Many of the elevators will combine Otis’ Gen2 technology with custom-designed glass cabs. The agreement with OLRT Constructors, a consortium composed of EllisDon, Dragados and SNC-Lavalin, includes a 10-year maintenance contract.

The more than $2 billion O-Train Confederation Line is Ottawa’s largest infrastructure project since 1832, when construction was completed on the 202-km. Rideau Canal connecting the city with Kingston, Ontario. The new rail line will provide light rail transit service along a 12.5-km., 13-station route. Three of the stations are underground, and interconnected by a 2.5-km. tunnel that spans the city’s downtown core.

“Otis is proud to support this project by providing customized, innovative and modernized product solutions at a competitive price,” Otis Canada president Tony Grilli said in a statement. “For this historic project, we are uniquely capable to provide products sturdy enough to handle a transit system with a capacity of 24,000 customers per hour in each direction, with limited control room space requirements and customized elevator cabs, some with glass panels.”

Preliminary construction of the LRT system began in the spring of 2013, with planned full service in 2018.

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