Statement from the Minister of Transportation
Today, Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, released the following statement:
"Our government is committed to delivering the transit that the people of Ontario and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area deserve.
Bombardier is currently under contract with Metrolinx to provide vehicles for Toronto transit projects. Over the past several months, Metrolinx has had significant concerns regarding Bombardier's ability to deliver quality vehicles according to the contract schedule. Metrolinx and Bombardier are currently engaged in a court-ordered dispute resolution process, and our government respects the court's decision and is participating in this process.
However, that dispute resolution process could take up to one year, and if Bombardier continues to fall even further behind during this process, it could mean that our transit projects will be further delayed. The stakes are too high to sit idly by without a viable alternative.
So today we are announcing our plan to ensure these projects are delivered on time. Metrolinx has now reached an agreement with an alternative vehicle supplier, Alstom Canada, to deliver the light rail vehicles that are required to ensure projects such as the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Finch West LRT are operational by the time they're scheduled to open. Alstom Canada is currently delivering quality vehicles on time for Ottawa's Confederation Line LRT.
This is a sensible, responsible, and creative plan. If Bombardier is successful in the dispute resolution process and is able to deliver quality vehicles on time for the Eglinton Crosstown's completion, Metrolinx will be able to use the Alstom vehicles for other projects, including the Hurontario LRT. If Bombardier is found to be in default, Alstom's vehicles would be used on the Crosstown and an additional order would be placed with Alstom for Hurontario.
This plan puts people in Ontario first -- both as commuters and as taxpayers. This isn't about who gets the job done; it's about getting the job done. As the Minister of Transportation, that will continue to be my priority."