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Metrolinx moves to Plan-B for its LRT train delivery: reports

NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, May 12th, 2017

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An LRT pilot vehicle sits at Bombardier facility west of Kingston on Feb. 22, 2017. CITYNEWS/James Tumelty
Metrolinx has inked a deal with another manufacturer to provide vehicles for the Eglinton and Hurontario LRT projects according to several published reports.

The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star both report the transit agency has signed an agreement with Alstom as a back-up to its contract with Bombardier.

Metrolinx has expressed concern over Bombardier’s ability to deliver working prototype vehicles in time. It’s lack of confidence in Bombardier led the agency to try and get out of a $770-million deal it signed back in 2010.

The first trains were scheduled to arrive in the spring of 2015 but none of the vehicles have been delivered so far.

Neither Metrolinx or Bombardier have commented on the reports but Ontario transportation minister Steven Del Duca will reportedly confirm the deal on Friday morning.

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