Past delivery delays tank Bombardier’s bid for New York City subway contract

MONTREAL—Bombardier says it’s been shut out of a $3.2-billion (U.S.) contract to supply subway cars in New York City because of past delivery delays.The Montreal-based company says it learned last week that its bid submitted to New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority in December won’t make it to the final round.In a letter sent to employees, the president of Bombardier Transport’s Americas division said the manufacturer’s poor performance and delays “sealed the fate of our bid.”Read more: Bombardier shipped unfinished streetcars to Toronto and then finished them here in order to meet delivery targetsBombardier admits it may miss 2017 TTC streetcar delivery targetThe New York transit authority declined to comment because the procurement has yet to be awarded.Its decision follows Bombardier’s problems in delivering a prototype light rail car and streetcars that have soured its relationship with Toronto transit authorities.Bombardier spokesman Eric Prud’homme says the company is disappointed by the decision but notes that the loss of the contract to supply up to 1,700 subway cars is not expected to have an impact on employment at its facilities, including its Plattsburgh, N.Y. site.The company has won other rail contracts around the world and has bid on helping New York State to improve commuting in the city by supplying new rolling stock and enhancing signalling so trains can run more frequently.Prud’homme says Bombardier is transforming its global manufacturing operations, but New York’s decision affects a relationship that has endured for 35 years and seen the delivery of nearly 2,000 subway cars.