Less than ten of the new state of the art streetcars are currently in operation on the city’s streets.
At this point it was expected that more than 50 would be in use, however a raft of manufacturing problems has led to repeated delays in the delivery of the vehicles which are costing the city more than $1.2 billion.
The manufacturing company Bombardier issued a statement on Wednesday morning with a revised delivery schedule for the vehicles, saying 23 will be delivered by the end of the year with the full fleet expected to be in service by the end of 2019.
The news has been greeted with skepticism however by TTC chair Josh Colle.
Speaking at a TTC board meeting following Bombardiers statement release, Colle said “the true test will be when that next car arrives and what shape it’s in ,that’s when I’ll believe this delivery schedule” adding that he is “kind of sick of their excuses at this point. I don’t want any more excuses. I just want our damn streetcars.”
Meanwhile the debacle could end up being rather costly for Bombardier, who now risk losing future contracts from the TTC.