Bombardier shipped unfinished streetcars to Toronto and then finished them here in order to meet delivery targets
Documents obtained by the Star show how Bombardier needed concessions from the TTC to meet its target of 30 cars by the end of 2016.
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By BEN SPURR Transportation ReporterTues., Aug. 22, 2017
The Quebec-based rail manufacturer has famously struggled to fill the $1-billion, 204-vehicle order for the TTC's new streetcar fleet. Under the schedule, the company was to have delivered more than 100 cars by end of last year, but as of this week the TTC has just 41in service.
There was a welcome spot of positive news just before last Christmas however when, with 10 days to spare, Bombardier announced that it had made good on a revised target it had set earlier that year: delivering the 30th streetcar by the end of 2016.
"Bombardier meets its 2016 delivery commitment to the TTC," the company trumpeted in a Dec. 21 press release, which was accompanied by a photo of smiling Bombardier workers holding a "Just arrived!" sign in front of the vehicle at the TTC's Hillcrest Complex on Bathurst St.
There was a catch, however — the streetcar wasn't fully finished. In fact, all four of the cars that Bombardier delivered last December were not complete when they arrived on TTC property.
Minutes of meetings between the TTC and Bombardier that the Star obtained through an access to information request reveal that in order to meet the 2016 target, the TTC agreed to deviate from the detailed vehicle acceptance process spelled out in the streetcar contract.
In subsequent interviews, the TTC confirmed that the company shipped four mostly finished cars to Toronto, and then Bombardier workers completed them at the TTC's Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility.
The gambit paid off — Bombardier finished all four cars in Toronto and ...
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