Bombardier quality control problems delay TTC streetcar delivery
55 new streetcars were supposed to be in service by now, only 5 are
Bombardier Transportation says it has fixed the problems that led to delays in the delivery of streetcars to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).
The manufacturing company said parts shipped to its Thunder Bay plant weren't up to standard.
The total TTC order of 204 streetcars was to be delivered by 2018. By now, 55 of them were supposed to be in service. But only five currently are and the final cars won't be delivered until 2019.
The flaws were extensive, according to the TTC's chief executive officer.
"We've had problems with electrical connectors and that concerns us because that could cause the vehicle to break down, literally," Andy Byford said. He also described problems with panels that didn't fit together properly.
LeFebvre said it was both third-party suppliers and internal suppliers that failed to provide parts that were up to standard. He said the company successfully built two prototypes of the cars, but there were deviations from standards that arose after that.
Byford praised Bombardier for its transparency throughout the process and said the five new cars now in service are superb.
"The acid test will be ... do we achieve that ramp-up from July and does the production line start to run smoothly and is the quality sufficient to meet our deliberately exacting standards?" Byford said. "So I think time will tell."
There project was delayed right from the start because together, Bombardier and the TTC, had to design a unique ramp that would allow people in wheelchairs to get on and off the vehicle both from islands in the centre of the roadway and from sidewalks.
Last year's strike at Bombardier in Thunder Bay also slowed production.