OTTAWA, Ontario, Dec. 13, 2016 – Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, 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 is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
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’ innovative Gen2 technology with custom-designed glass cabs for an exceptional riding experience. The agreement with OLRT Constructors, a consortium composed of EllisDon, Dragados and SNC-Lavalin, includes a 10-year Otis 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-kilometer Rideau Canal connecting the city with Kingston, Ontario. The new rail line will provide light rail transit service along a 12.5-kilometer, 13-station route. Three of the stations are underground, and interconnected by a 2.5-kilometer 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,” said Tony Grilli, president, Otis Canada Inc. “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.
Otis is the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information, visit http://www.otis.comor follow Otis on LinkedIn, YouTube and as @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.