Duly Quoted: Andy Byford, on the Delayed Arrival of New Streetcars
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Duly Quoted: Andy Byford, on the Delayed Arrival of New Streetcars

TTC CEO frustrated with Bombardier production issues that have left the city reliant on "worn out" vehicles.

“We are pressing Bombardier to fix these production issues. We do have a contract with them. There are penalties within that contract and we will apply them. I am not going to let them off the hook. We cannot continue struggling through winters with streetcars that are worn out.”

-TTC CEO Andy Byford, speaking on Metro Morning today about supply-chain issues at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant that have delayed the arrival of 40 of its new streetcars. “I’m banging my head on the desk,” Byford said. “Bombardier knows that I’m not happy with this.”

The TTC’s older streetcars, which continue to make up the bulk of its fleet, do not fare well in colder weather: when temperature drop to -10 C or lower, moisture builds up in the pneumatic air lines that operate the brakes and doors and then freezes, meaning the vehicles must be taken out of service. Yesterday, 28 streetcars were down for the count during afternoon rush hour.

Because the new streetcars use electrical and hydraulic systems, they’re unaffected by the bitter cold—the three currently running on the 510 Spadina line seem to be doing just fine.