THUNDER BAY -- There are renewed calls for the Toronto Transit Commission to look at other manufacturers to fill orders for needed streetcars.
This comes on the heels of an admission from Bombardier this week that they may not be able to deliver the 70 cars promised to the TTC by the end of this year.
Production problems have led to several missed deadlines in the delivery of the cars.
So far, 40 have been handed over and the company has recently instituted a number of changes to ramp up production including moving from a five-to-seven day work week at its plant here in Thunder Bay.
But Bombardier acknowledged this week it may still come up a few cars short of the targeted 70 by year’s end.
An additional 76 cars are scheduled to be delivered in 2018 and another 58 the following year to complete the contract, but the TTC holds an option for an additional 60 cars.
This prompted Toronto deputy mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong to put a motion before the TTC board, calling for them to look beyond Bombardier when it comes to future orders.
The motion has been approved by the board.