Sec­ond Ion train on sched­ule to ar­rive in region

Waterloo Region Record - - LOCAL - Jo­hanna Wei­d­ner, Record staff

WATER­LOO REGION — The sec­ond Ion train is ex­pected to ar­rive on sched­ule in Water­loo Region by the mid­dle of next week.

By Thurs­day night, the train was in Liver­pool, near Pick­er­ing, about a third of the way home, said re­gional Coun. Tom Gal­loway.

The train was loaded and ready to go from the Kingston plant on Mon­day, but Gal­loway said it may not have started its jour­ney right away be­cause it was up to CN to pick it up.

“It may have left a day or two later,” Gal­loway said on Fri­day.

The trip is ex­pected to take about 10 days be­cause sev­eral train com­pa­nies are in­volved in the trans­porta­tion and there may be de­lays.

“Dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies own dif­fer­ent parts of the track, so one com­pany can’t ship it the whole way,” Gal­loway said.

Re­gional of­fi­cials met with Bom­bardier two weeks ago over con­cerns about train de­liv­ery de­lays for the region’s light rail tran­sit project. They heard then that the sec­ond train was ship­ping this week, and two more trains are ex­pected to ar­rive next month. These trains will be more ad­vanced than the first one the region re­ceived, al­low­ing them to be tested on the tracks by GrandLinq, the con­sor­tium hired to build and op­er­ate the light rail tran­sit sys­tem.

The region has a con­tract for 14 Bom­bardier trains. Re­peated pro­duc­tion de­lays with the trains have con­trib­uted to push­ing back the launch of the light rail sys­tem from late this year to next spring.

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