Bom­bardier misses mark again

Firm to de­liver ve fewer streetcars than were promised

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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.

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