Ten streetcars down, 194 more to go.
— Brad Ross (@bradTTC) September 15, 2015
As any Torontonian knows, waiting for a streetcar is a pain. This is true when you need one to rescue you from a winter street corner to take you home from an awkward house party, and it’s also true when the city collectively waits for Bombardier to get their act together.
Toronto was promised 60 of their 204 new streetcars in service by the end of 2015. But Bombardier has experienced a host of problems in their effort to deliver Toronto’s shiny new streetcars on time, including labour disputes to supply-chain difficulties, and it has caused a one year delay. For even the most fervent streetcar believers, the wait has tried their Job-like patience.
And so every vehicle we get feels like a gift from the streetcar gods. Welcome, Streetcar 4011, we look forward to you rescuing us from a cold winter’s night in the future. And please send your friends soon.