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Toronto Transit Commission cancels streetcar RFP


Yesterday, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) announced it has cancelled its Request for Proposal process to purchase 204 new low-floor streetcars.

The agency received two submissions for the $1.25 billion project — one from TRAM Power Ltd. and one from Bombardier Transportation — but both were deemed non-compliant. Upon review, the TRAM proposal "failed to pass step one of the bid review process, as it was not commercially compliant," and the Bombardier proposal "failed on step two — a technical evaluation that required a pass/fail on criteria related to negotiating the tight turning radii on the TTC's existing streetcar rail system," according to a prepared statement.  

TTC now plans to contact streetcar vendors, including those who respond to a Request for Expressions of Interest, to determine what issues or concerns they might have with the RFP requirements. The agency then will make a recommendation to the commission on how to proceed.

TTC still believes it will remain on schedule to begin replacing its entire streetcar fleet by 2012, and plans to purchase an additional 364 streetcars for Transit City.  

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