Metropolis workers suggest TTC purchase as much as 60 new streetcars from Bombardier

Metropolis workers are actually recommending the TTC hammer out a contract to buy as much as 60 new streetcars from Bombardier a few yr after town’s protracted battle with the corporate over supply delays lastly ended.

In a latest TTC report, which lays out a listing of recent buses, subway trains, and streetcars the transit company might want to buy within the coming years, workers suggest getting into right into a contract with Bombardier for an preliminary order of 13 new streetcars, at an estimated value of $140 million, and negotiating mounted pricing for as much as 47 extra. The extra streetcar order, nevertheless, could be contingent on different ranges of presidency coming to the desk with funding.

The advice comes after repeated supply delays and points with town’s first order with Bombardier to offer 204 new streetcars, which had been finally delivered on the finish of final yr.

In 2009, the TTC entered right into a $1.2 billion contract with the corporate to offer its new low-floor streetcars however Bombardier commonly fell behind on its supply schedule, a scenario that finally prompted town to sue the corporate.

“I’ll say that I used to be one which was fairly outspoken in my criticism of Bombardier for the poor means wherein they served us earlier on. There was a gradual pattern to enchancment by way of how they delivered and manufactured the venture. We are literally fairly pleased with the product,” Mayor John Tory mentioned at a information convention on Friday.

“The hesitation that I had has been overcome by the arduous work of the TTC workers and dealing with Bombardier to reply the questions.”

Metropolis workers have recognized a lot of issues in deciding on one other firm to fabricate the brand new streetcars, together with value and delivering the brand new autos in a well timed trend.

Whereas Bombardier indicated it may start delivering the brand new streetcars in 2022, all different distributors recommended they would wish about three years for design, prototype manufacturing, and testing.

“Whereas schedule submissions various extensively, distributors who appeared to have the most effective understanding of TTC’s technical necessities estimated supply of mass manufacturing autos to start out in 2025, assuming contract award in Q1 of 2021 and minimal schedule contingency,” the report learn.

“A contract change with Bombardier is the one choice that’s possible to make sure supply of extra streetcars on time and that gives the bottom general threat when contemplating technical scope necessities, schedule, and price range,” the report learn.

Mayor John Tory mentioned the truth that Bombardier is a Canadian firm additionally performed a task within the determination.

“Any likelihood you may get to help Canadian corporations I feel we must always try this. We now have an present relationship with them,” Tory mentioned.

“If you take a look at all the things, and the commitments that they’ve made to do higher, and the truth that there may be cause to imagine they will as a result of they had been doing higher in direction of the top of the final set of streetcars, the advice is to go along with them.”