new ttc streetcars

TTC streetcar shipments delayed yet again

In rather unsurprising news, we won't be seeing 23 new TTC streetcars in Toronto this year. Thanks to even more delays from Bombardier, we'll see 16 new ones in service, and 19 delivered, by the end of the year.

According to a press release from TTC Chair and Ward 19 Councillor Josh Colle, there should have been 67 (out of 204) new streetcars driving around Toronto by now. Currently, there are only 10; Bombardier say it'll ship the 11th by October 21.

Bombardier's earlier target for 2015 was 27 new streetcars, but it dropped that figure down to 23 at the end of July. At the time, it also promised to ship four new streetcars every month in order to reach that goal.

The TTC Board consider its next steps at its October 28 meeting. These include taking legal action against Bombardier or claiming a $50 million late delivery fee that's already allowed for in the existing contract.

"I am incredibly disappointed to learn that Bombardier, yet again, will not be meeting their commitments to deliver new streetcars to Toronto," says Colle in the release.

"We have spent a lot of time and hundreds of millions of dollars to secure desperately needed new streetcars for our riders through Bombardier. They have let down the TTC, our customers, the good workers in Thunder Bay, and all Toronto residents.

The TTC Board has lost all faith in Bombardier's public promises and ability to deliver this order. 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."

Photo by Gary Baker in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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