Montréal, January 28, 1997 - Following a call for bids process, the STCUM has granted the contract for the replacement of 79 first-generation Westinghouse escalators in the métro network to CNIM CANADA INC. This contract is worth about 35 million dollars of which the ministère des Transports du Québec, through its Programme d'aide au transport en commun (public transit assistance program), will provide close to 24 million dollars.
This equipment will have been in service an average of 22 years at the time of its replacement. As it is becoming more and more expensive and difficult to repair and in need of more frequent maintenance, the experts at the STCUM have recommended that it be replaced, since this will prove to be the most cost-efficient solution in the long run. The work will therefore begin in the applicable stations of line 1 at the end of 1997 and will continue on to the other lines until 2001. The STCUM expects to have the first escalator ready for use in early 1998, at the Préfontaine station.
There are 288 escalators within the STCUM network. It is the first replacement program initiated since the opening of the métro in October 1966.
It should be noted that CNIM CANADA INC. specialises in thermal and mechanical engineering and is specifically qualified in providing mass transit equipment such as escalators and moving walkways. In the course of the last 30 years, CNIM has manufactured over 2,000 escalators for various métros around the world, including Paris' R.A.T.P. (régie autonome des transports parisiens).
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