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[URBAN NOTE] “How do Toronto’s light rail vehicles compare? It’s Bombardier versus Alstom”

The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr looks at how the new streetcars the TTC is contracting to buy with Alstom with compared with Bombardier’s oft-promised ones, and the consequences.

After a protracted dispute with Bombardier about delays to its light rail vehicle order for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx has taken the drastic step of placing an order for cars with another company.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced Friday that Metrolinx, which is the provincial agency in charge of transit planning for the GTHA, has inked a deal to buy 61 vehicles from the French firm Alstom at a cost of $528 million.

The transit agency hasn’t cancelled its $770-million purchase from Bombardier, which as a result of a lawsuit brought by the manufacturer is now tied up in a dispute resolution process. But Del Duca said allowing both purchases to go ahead simultaneously would provide Metrolinx with a backup fleet that guarantees it will have enough vehicles to open the Crosstown line by 2021.

Del Duca called it “a creative and prudent approach to dealing with a less than ideal situation.”

Bombardier maintains that Metrolinx had no need to seek another supplier, and says it will be able to supply all 182 cars the agency ordered in 2010, 76 of which would run on the Crosstown line.

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 16, 2017 at 9:45 pm

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