Alstom to supply 60 single-level coach cars to the Connecticut Department of Transportation


Author: Mankirat Kaur

Alstom, has clinched a significant deal with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to provide 60 single-level rail coach cars. The contract, valued at approximately €285 million (approximately USD $315 million), also includes options to manufacture an additional 313 cars. The delivery of these state-of-the-art rail cars is scheduled to commence in 2026.

These rail vehicles are engineered to deliver riders a safe and comfortable commuting experience, with the capability to achieve speeds of up to 125 mph.

Crucially, all the new rail cars will adhere to stringent regulatory standards, including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and American Public Transportation Association (APTA) requirements. This ensures inclusivity and accessibility for all passengers.

Passengers can anticipate a host of modern amenities within these vehicles. The rail cars will feature a convenient two-by-two seating configuration, complemented by foldable tables and easy access for wheelchair passengers. Passengers will also be able to enjoy enhanced onboard experiences with practical overhead luggage racks, workstation tables, and a designated bicycle storage area. Real-time information on upcoming stops, as well as conveniently located power and USB access, will further enhance passenger convenience.

Alstom is committed to ensuring the utmost safety and security for passengers, and the rail cars will incorporate the latest cybersecurity safety features.

Perhaps one of the most appealing features of these new rail cars is the introduction of panoramic balcony-style windows at wheeled mobility spaces. This innovation allows the natural sunlight to flood the car's interior, offering passengers breathtaking views of the scenic surroundings during their journeys.

Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto states, ‘The CTDOT Office of Rail is working hard to upgrade the trip for rail customers across Connecticut. We know they want more comfortable seats, Wi-Fi access, bike storage, and ADA accessibility, and we're taking action on those needs with steps like this. We're pleased to partner with Alstom on the order of this next generation of rail cars. This order is part of our ongoing capital program to purchase new rail cars and improve the customer experience.'