Bombardier agreed to amend the contract terms with Toronto’s Metrolinx to produce light rail vehicles for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) system on-time. The move resets the relationship with Metrolinx under its new leadership, and provides a clear path forward to ensure certainty on the technical and financial obligations of both partners, according to a Bombardier release. It also settles the arbitration with Metrolinx.
The agreement is for Bombardier Transportation to now manufacture 76 light rail vehicles (LRVs) for the Eglinton Crosstown project, 106 vehicles less than the original contract for 182 vehicles. In addition, the GO Transit operations and maintenance contract was extended by 18 months. This extension solidifies Bombardier's role as a provider of operations and maintenance in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. Overall, the revised contracts do not change materially the size of the company’s relationship with Metrolinx, according to the company.
"We have always been resolved to find a clear negotiated path forward, one that delivers value to all parties, and foremost to the people of Ontario. Bombardier is fully committed to the Metrolinx project and to the people of the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area," said Benoit Brossoit, president, Americas Region, at Bombardier Transport. "I look forward to working with Metrolinx's CEO Phil Verster to advance this project and ensure that riders have the most efficient, comfortable and reliable transit system in the world."
Over the past few months, Bombardier reached new milestones confirming that it is on track to deliver the LRT projects, including high-speed testing on its track in Kingston. In addition, the first pilot vehicle successfully completed its climate testing at the National Research Council of Canada facility.