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Bombardier will not meet its schedule
for delivering new streetcars

Bombardier Transportation advised TTC staff, yesterday, Thursday, October 15, that the company will not meet the delivery schedule and public commitment it made Wednesday, July 29. That day, Bombardier committed to delivering 23 new streetcars in Toronto by the end of this year, with 20 available for service.

Just 10 new Toronto Flexity streetcars are available for TTC service today. Under the TTC’s original contract schedule, 67 of 204 new streetcars on order should be already serving TTC passengers. Bombardier has not scheduled to ship the eleventh new streetcar to Toronto until Wednesday, October 21. According to a TTC news release, “Bombardier is stating the TTC will now see a total of just 16 streetcars in-service at the end 2015”.

The news release continues, “Given Bombardier’s failure to meet past commitments, the TTC has no confidence in this latest schedule.”

TTC chief executive officer Andy Byford has advised the Toronto Transit Commission and its chair, Councillor Josh Colle about this development. (The commission is the TTC’s board of directors.) The TTC news release explains that

“[Byford] is recommending that the board now bring forward a deferred staff report to its Oct. 28 meeting regarding future sanctions that may be levied against Bombardier. TTC staff will also recommend to its board that it commence legal action, or make a claim allowed for already in the contract, of $50 million for late delivery. The TTC will also seek damages for maintenance and overhaul costs of the existing streetcar fleet; service and customer impact costs, such as supplementing streetcar routes with buses; and TTC staff time that has been expended on this matter, and will continue to be expended.

“TTC customers are rightly frustrated by the lack of accessible streetcars in service today. The TTC has been working with Bombardier to resolve quality issues, and will continue to do so. The new streetcars that are in service today have performed exceedingly well; however, the TTC will not accept streetcars that do not pass its high standard of quality assurance, reliability and safety.

“‘I am incredibly disappointed to learn that Bombardier, yet again, will not be meeting their commitments to deliver new streetcars to Toronto,’ said TTC Chair Josh Colle. ‘They have let down the TTC, our customers, the good workers in Thunder Bay, and all Toronto residents. We will not let Bombardier’s incompetence hold our patient and loyal customers hostage. We will consider all legal and financial actions at our disposal to address this situation.’”


After long delays due to a strike and quality control issues at the Bombardier plant, LRV #4404 became the third Flexity streetcar to enter revenue service, on November 30, 2014. Michael Doucet snapped this picture of #4404 westbound on King Street, approaching Spadina in service on 510 SPADINA.

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