Toronto Transit Commission 6200-6275
Toronto Transit Commission 6200-6275 are Bombardier Flexity Freedom LRVs built between 2018 and 2020. These cars were designed for and owned by Metrolinx and will be operated by the TTC exclusively on Line 5 Eglinton from 2021 onwards.
They are five-section, articulated LRVs with a 100% low-floor design, and equipped with CBTC signalling for automatic train control through the central tunnel sections. They have a similar appearance as the Flexity Outlook vehicles ordered for the legacy streetcar network, but feature streamlined end caps and higher operating speeds. Because each vehicle has an operator's cab at only one end, they will run as coupled 2-car trains.
Metrolinx placed an order for 182 vehicles in June 2010 for the City of Toronto's Transit City light rail lines. The order was part of an agreement in the TTC's legacy streetcar order for options of up to an additional 400 vehicles. This left 118 more vehicles that could potentially be ordered over six years. The LRVs for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Finch West LRT, and Sheppard East LRT lines were scheduled to be delivered from 2013 to 2020. However, delays and changes to Transit City meant that the Eglinton line would open in 2021 and the Finch West line would open in 2022, with the Sheppard East line indefinitely deferred. Production of the Flexity Freedom was expected to start in 2014 with two pilot vehicles completed by the end of the year. This was revised to the fall of 2015 and then again to spring of 2016. As that deadline passed with no delivery, Metrolinx expressed concern that the timeline for Toronto's LRT lines would be affected. In August 2016, Bombardier announced that they were in the final phase of production of a pilot LRV for Metrolinx at their Thunder Bay facility.
In November 2016, Metrolinx formally expressed their intention to cancel their contract with Bombardier, claiming that the company had defaulted on its contract. Metrolinx claimed that the delayed pilot LRV still did not meet the required criteria and could not operate under its own power.
By the end of November 2016, the Metrolinx pilot was transported to Bombardier's Millhaven facility for testing. Metrolinx did not accept the pilot for delivery, however. According to Bombardier, Metrolinx made numerous changes to the scope and technical specifications. The manufacturer applied for an injunction to block attempts to cancel the contract. An Ontario Superior Court judge granted the company’s request for an injunction in April 2017.
However, Metrolinx had already begun seeking an alternate vehicle supplier. On May 12, 2017, Alstom and Metrolinx announced that they had entered into an agreement that would see Alstom supply 61 Citadis Spirit LRVs to the Ontario agency as a contingency. If Bombardier is ultimately not able to deliver vehicles for the Eglinton Crosstown, 44 Alstom LRVs will be deployed on the line. If they are not needed, they will be deployed on the Hurontario LRT instead. The remaining 17 LRVs will be used on the Finch West line.
In mid-December 2017, Metrolinx and Bombardier came to an agreement where Bombardier will deliver 76 LRVs rather than 182. Only 76 LRVs are required because the Scarborough RT replacement has been canceled, Sheppard East LRT has been indefinitely deferred, and the Finch West LRT will use the vehicles from Alstom. The new agreement also includes greater financial penalties for Bombardier if it does not deliver on time or if the quality of the vehicles is not acceptable. Metrolinx has also agreed to extend Bombardier's GO Transit operations and maintenance contract by 18 months.
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- Kalinowski, Tess (14 June 2010). Metrolinx buys 182 streetcars for Transit City. Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved on 08 December 2010.
- 5 Year Strategy Progress and 2015/16 Business Plan. Metrolinx. Retrieved on 17 August 2016.
- Rapid Transit, Capital Project Group Quarterly Status Report Q4 2015/16. Metrolinx. Retrieved on 18 August 2016.
- Spurr, Ben. Bombardier opens doors to reveal factory building Eglinton Crosstown LRT for Metrolinx. Toronto Star. 22 February 2017.
- Spurr, Ben. "Bombardier taking Metrolinx to court." Toronto Star. 10 February 2017.
- Bombardier wins battle with Metrolinx, which wanted to cancel contract. Montreal Gazette". 19 April 2017.
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- Metrolinx statement on Alstom/Bombardier. 12 May 2017. Press release. Metrolinx.
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