TTC issues with Bombardier streetcars also apply to Metrolinx order
The problem with the Metrolinx cars is the same as that described this week by frustrated TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) CEO Andy Byford , who said he wants riders to understand why he can’t put more of the air-conditioned, fully accessible streetcars into service.
The first of the 204 new streetcars — price tag: $1.2 billion — were so flawed that the TTC simply couldn’t risk putting them into service because they would almost certainly break down on Toronto streets, he said.
Parts produced in Mexico were so poorly made that they couldn’t be properly assembled in Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant, where attempts to rivet badly cut walls and under-frames were rejected by the TTC.
Byford also cited defective laminate, loose screws and faulty electrical connectors among the issues on the new TTC vehicles.