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TTC signs deal for Bombardier subway cars

Last Updated: Friday, December 22, 2006 | 12:58 PM ET
CBC News

The Toronto Transit Commission has signed a $548-million contract with Bombardier Transportation for 234 subway cars.

Paul Pugh, union president at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant, said the deal signed Thursday will create five years of work for about 350 employees, allowing them to make longer-term plans.

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Toronto council approved the Bombardier deal on Sept. 25, even though the TTC recommended allowing other companies to bid for the contract.Toronto council approved the Bombardier deal on Sept. 25, even though the TTC recommended allowing other companies to bid for the contract.
(CBC)

“There probably will be hiring and we expect the plant workforce to more or less double,” he said.

The contract had been described as worth up to $710 million, but Bombardier spokesman David Slack told the Canadian Press that figure included non-Bombardier expenditures.

Toronto city council approved the contract on Sept. 25 after a heated debate.

Opponents attacked the deal because the city did not allow competitive bids from other companies despite a recommendation from TTC staff.




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