Shoddy manufacturing delays delivery of new TTC streetcars

The new TTC Bombardier built 'Flexity' Streetcar on the Spadina line in Toronto, Ont., Sept. 7, 2014. Stephen C. Host / File / The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Manufacturing problems in Mexico are being blamed for the delay in the delivery of the Toronto Transit Commission’s new streetcars.

TTC CEO Andy Byford tells the Toronto Star the transit agency wouldn’t accept the new vehicles for fear they would break down on bumpy city streets.

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The issue seems to stem from under-frames that were manufactured poorly and required to be riveted together at the Bombardier assembly plant in Thunder Bay.

The Star reports the European design for the streetcar parts wasn’t translating to the Mexican manufacturing facility.

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Officials at Bombardier say they are working on a fix with the hope of having at least 30 cars on city streets by the end of the year.

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The $1.2 billion streetcar fleet of 204 is scheduled to be fully delivered by 2019. There are currently only five in operation.

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