The provincial transit agency has filed a notice of intent to cancel a contract for Bombardier to supply light-rail vehicles for Toronto.
Speaking to AM640 News on Thursday evening, Metrolinx spokesperson, Anne Marie Aikins says the agency has ”known for some time that there has been some concerns with Bombardier’s performance,” adding that ”there continues to be significant quality and manufacturing issues that haven’t been resolved yet.”
Aikins says that as a result, ”we have taken the next step in our contract.”
The contract in question is worth $770 million and should see Bombardier deliver 182 light-rail vehicles for use on the Eglinton Crosstown and the Finch West light rail transit lines in Toronto.
The first of these vehicles, a prototype used for testing, was due to be delivered in early 2014, however, it still has not made its way to Toronto.
Aikins confirmed that Metrolinx has scheduled a walkthrough at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay manufacturing plant in the coming days, to ”gauge the progress they are making” with regards the delivery of the pilot vehicle, however she says they are not expecting that it will be ready this week.
She concluded by saying that Metrolinx is continuing to work closely with Bombardier to reach this goal.
The news comes less than four months after Metrolinx issued Bombardier a notice of default, following repeated delays and missed deadlines.
The TTC too has had similar problems with the Quebec-based company, which was tasked with producing new streetcars for the Transit Commission.
Seventy new streetcars are supposed to be in service at this stage, however it’s now hoped that 31 will have been delivered by the end of the year.