Inside the workshop – A rare glimpse at how Finch West LRT vehicles are put together

Before they glide smoothly through Toronto neighbourhoods, transit vehicles have to get built somewhere. How they come together and where might surprise you. Metrolinx takes you inside the local Alstom factory for a sneak peek at how light rail vehicles are assembled.

The Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project continues to make great strides, on and off the Finch Avenue West roadway.

Earlier this month, Alstom, the vehicle supplier for the Finch West LRT line, successfully coupled three of the four train modules for the first Finch West vehicle at their facility in Brampton. The fourth module, creating the first full light rail vehicle, will soon join, as well as the installation of the passenger doors.

Shot of progress on the first Finch West light rail vehicle inside the Alstom factory in Brampton, Ontario
Crews continue to make progress on the first Finch West light rail vehicle inside the Alstom factory in Brampton, Ontario. (Metrolinx photo)

The team will continue to be busy in the many months ahead with testing slated to start this October. The vehicle will go through a series of quality control checks, followed by testing and validation before hitting the test track.

The Finch West LRT project will use low-floor light rail vehicles with electric propulsion. The vehicles will achieve speeds of approximately 60km/h and will be able to carry approximately 300 passengers. Alstom will also be supplying the same vehicles for the Hurontario LRT project.

Watch for more Finch West vehicle updates right here on Metrolinx News and on social media as progress continues for the new Finch West LRT line

Story by: Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx communications senior advisor