Bombardier misses mark again
Firm to deliver ve fewer streetcars than were promised
Bombardier will miss yet another target on TTC streetcar order, falling at least five cars short of the 40 it was supposed to deliver this year.
In a statement released Thursday, the Montreal-based rail manufacturer said it will supply 35 streetcars in 2017, for a cumulative total of 65 since the order began. The company blamed the latest delay on “issues with the supply chain.”
“This is not the result we worked towards and this is not the result we will accept for ourselves and for the people of Toronto,” said Bombardier spokesperson Eric Prud’homme.
The company is opening up a second site for final assembly of the vehicles, currently manufactured at its plant in Thunder Bay, Ont. The company will also add additional suppliers, and work with current contractors to increase their capacity.
The 35 cars Bombardier is pledging to deliver amount to a more optimistic figure than one published Wednesday in TTC CEO Andy Byford’s report to the transit agency board. In that document, the TTC estimated Bombardier would deliver just 30 cars in 2017.
In a joint statement, Byford and TTC board chair Josh Colle appeared to accept Bombardier’s 35-car estimate. But they called the latest blown deadline “extremely disappointing and frustrating.”
“There should be 146 new streetcars in service today; instead there are just 45. This is completely unacceptable. The TTC is having to continue to use buses on streetcar routes to meet ridership demand,” the statement said.
Since the TTC placed the $1-billion, 204-car order with Bombardier in 2009, the company has repeatedly blown delivery schedules, and revised its yearly targets downward four separate times.
Confirmation that the company will miss the target for 2017 represents yet another blow for both the transit agency and Bombardier.