Friday, January 15, 2010

Toronto subway cars delayed by supplier bankruptcy

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Subway cars ordered by the Toronto Transit Commission face unexpected delivery delays due to the bankruptcy late last year of Montreal-based Curtis Doors, a supplier to Bombardier Transportation, which is handling the car order.

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TTC notes a prototype set of the new equipment originally was scheduled to be making test runs by this time. Current expectations are for the prototype equipment to begin operation in two-to-three months.

"Certainly the trains are delayed because of the issue with the doors," said TTC spokesman Brad Ross. TTC is urging Bombardier to deliver the trains as soon it can.

For its part, Bombardier acknowledges the delay “due to some issues and some lateness from some of our key suppliers, and I would not point fingers at anyone," said company spokesman Talal Zouaoui. "We're on a good track," he added.