Bombardier Inc.’s transportation division has missed another delivery deadline.
Metrolinx president and chief executive Phil Verster said in a statement that the train-and-plane maker missed a Feb. 1 deadline to deliver the first six rail cars for Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT project. Metrolinx has received just three of the six vehicles that were due for delivery.
While Verster said that Metrolinx expects the three additional vehicles to arrive over “the next couple of weeks”, Bombardier will face financial penalties for failing to deliver on time.
“Our contract clearly outlines financial penalties on Bombardier for delivering vehicles late,” Verster said in the statement.
“Metrolinx will enforce the contract and the financial penalties will be applied.”
A Bombardier spokesperson said the company would not be providing additional comment to the Metrolinx statement.
This certainly isn’t the first time Bombardier has missed a delivery deadline.
The $1.2-billion order for new streetcars for the Toronto Transit Commission has been plagued by delivery delays for several years.
The Metrolinx order tied to the $5.9 billion LRT line now under construction along and underneath Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue, with legal battles leading to a reduced contract in 2017.
Meanwhile both New York City Transit and Swiss Federal Railways opted last month to stop taking new trains from the company until it fixes the ones already in service, with deliveries to New York resuming this week.
With files from the Canadian Press.