The results are in: The Mask wins!
Following a public vote to determine the design of the front of Calgary Transitís new CTrain cars, the results are in and The Mask is the winner.
On Sept. 11, 2013, Calgary Transit announced that it had ordered 60 new S200 light rail vehicles from Siemens Canada. Siemens provided three design options for the front of the new vehicles and Calgary Transit put it to Calgarians to choose the design.
The options included The Bow, inspired by the Bow River; The Buffalo, inspired by the buffalo; and The Mask, inspired by a goalie mask.
Thousands of Calgarians submitted their vote, either online or at the Doors Open YYC event at the Oliver Bowen Maintenance Facility. With over 4,500 votes, The Mask received almost 40 per cent of the vote and was the winner.
The design of The Mask represents individuality, reliability, style and protection, a fitting design to represent Calgary.
The new air-conditioned vehicles will have a new design, a new look and new features to improve the passenger experience. The new design will improve overall comfort, passenger information, reliability, security and accessibility. They will also enable future four-car CTrain operation and the replacement of some of the oldest LRVs (U2s) in the fleet. The new cars are three to four times more reliable than the old U2 trains.
The first new LRV will be delivered in August 2015 with the full order of 60 to be completed by December 2016. Each car will cost approximately $3.2 million CDN.
Calgary Transit thanks everyone who took the time to vote. These new CTrain cars will proudly represent Calgary and continue to make Calgary Transitís CTrain system one of the most successful LRT systems in North America!