The region has purchased 14 light rail vehicles (LRV) from Bombardier as part of a larger Metrolinx contract for 170 such vehicles.The original agreement would have seen all 14 vehicles delivered by Dec. This is the second delay in train car production by Bombardier.But the changes have left councilors wary of the company's ability to follow through on their commitments.
The EA as planned consisted of three phases: Phase 1: Determine a preferred transportation strategy from options such as road expansion, improved conventional transit, and rapid transit. Phase 2: Step 1: Determine a preferred route design (grade separated, dedicated on-road, dedicated off-road, etc.) and technology.
The EA examined ten different technologies including light rail, bus rapid transit, monorail, and subway.
In April, Bombardier said it would be unable to meet its deadline due to a disconnect between the company's manufacturing plant in Mexico and its assembly plant in Thunder Bay.
That disconnect included misaligned bolt holes, which were discovered when the assembly crews in Thunder Bay started to put together test vehicles.
Bombardier said it expected the first train cars to arrive in the region in October, two months later than initially expected, with the final rail cars arriving in May 2017.
At the time, Schmidt said there would be "no impact to the overall completion schedule." That is no longer the case.The new delivery schedule, as decided by Bombardier, has the first vehicle delivered in December 2016.The next four vehicles will be delivered in one-month intervals, and then the remaining vehicles will arrive in three-week intervals.The Region of Waterloo has confirmed that the start of the Ion LRT service will be delayed until early 2018, due to delays in car production at the Bombardier plant.Documents presented to the Region of Waterloo Planning and Works Committee Tuesday showed the first trains will not arrive until December 2016, with the final cars delayed until October 2017.In 2009, an Environmental Assessment (EA) began to create a proposal of electrically-powered light rail transit through Kitchener and Waterloo, and adapted bus rapid transit from Kitchener to Cambridge.