BOMBARDIER RECALLS MOST OF TTC'S NEW STREETCARS FOR SERIOUS WELDING DEFECT

Jul 04, 2018

By Jane Brown

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There is yet another setback with Toronto’s new Bombardier streetcars.

It’s been confirmed that 67 of the 89 vehicles Bombardier has already delivered to the TTC will have to be taken out of service and shipped to Quebec to correct a serious welding defect.

But Bombardier’s Eric Prud’Homme says this will not affect a promise to deliver all 204 streetcars by the end of next year.

“We’re committed to delivery and this is why we are sending our cars to a welding centre of expertise in Quebec, so it will not affect our sites in Kingston and Thunder Bay, who are currently working hard to deliver streetcars Toronto needs and wants as soon as possible,” Prud’Homme explained.

Bombardier says each streetcar will take 19 weeks to fix, so the repairs to all 67 cars are expected to take until at least 2022 to complete.

The recall is just the latest problem to affect the TTC’s repeatedly delayed vhicle purchase.

Listen for more on the TTC’s latest Bombardier challenge on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer after the noon news.

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