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TTC board votes to sue Bombardier over missing streetcars

Last Updated Oct 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm EDT

The TTC board has voted unanimously to sue Bombardier for failure to deliver new streetcars.

Toronto was slated to have 67 of the new vehicles on the streets by now, but there are only ten currently on Toronto roads.

TTC CEO Andy Byford said he was furious when the Montreal-based company notified him on Oct. 15 of yet another manufacturing problem with the streetcar order after they had committed to 20 cars in July, but later reiterated the best they could do was 16.

Byford said not only is the commission going after the company for a $50-million late delivery fee, but will also seek damages against them for maintenance and overhaul costs of the existing fleet and additional costs for staff time.

“At the end of the day this isn’t the TTC issue, it’s Bombardier’s issue. Bombardier are the villains of the piece here,” Byford said on Oct. 16.

“They have consistently let Toronto and the TTC and its customers down and so we’re looking at every possible option to hold them to account.”

TTC Chair Josh Colle confirmed they will be suing Bombardier for at least $50 million to recoup lost costs.