City of Edmonton selects Hyundai Rotem Company to provide 40 light-rail vehicles for Valley Line West LRT


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The City of Edmonton has selected South Korea-based Hyundai Rotem Company to build 40 light-rail vehicles for the Valley Line LRT.

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The new light-rail vehicles will be part of the $2.6-billion Valley Line West LRT extension, a 14-kilometre line from Downtown to Lewis Farms, but will also integrate with the Valley Line Southeast line.

In a news release Wednesday, the city said a contract with Hyundai Rotem, a subsidiary of the Hyundai Motor Group, is still in the works, but is expected to be finalized by Dec. 2 with delivery of the train cars beginning in 2025. The vehicles are expected to cost between $260 million and $390 million, which is included in the $2.6-billion project total.

“We want to thank the teams that participated in the request for proposal phase of procurement for LRVs for Valley Line West,” director Brad Smid said in the news release. “We’re excited to have reached another significant project milestone.”

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Procurement for the project hit a hiccup in the summer of 2019 when two of the three shortlisted contenders backed out of the process. After reopening the bidding process, the city decided to separate the light-rail vehicles and project construction into separate procurements.

Hyundai was selected out of eight submissions, three of which were shortlisted for the second stage of the bidding process. The other two participants were Siemens Mobility Ltd. and CAF Group. Bombardier, part of the TransEd group constructing the southeast leg of the Valley Line has already delivered 26 vehicles for the line.

Marigold Infrastructure Partners, a group of companies, was selected to construct Valley Line West , with construction beginning this year and expected to take five to six years to complete. An economic assessment estimates that construction will generate $760 million in wages in Alberta and generate 8,800 jobs in the province, the city said in its release.

The project has been fully funded with commitments from the city as well as the provincial and federal governments.