Toronto Launches New Thunder Bay-Made Subway Cars

October 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

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The Toronto launch of the new Bombardier-made subway cars was met with cheers by TTC users and Thunder Bay workers alike. The new street car was unveiled on October 14 at Downsview Station in the north west end of Toronto.

The cars included in the $710 million purchase, shared by all three levels of government, were made at Bombardier's Thunder Bay plant represented by CAW Local 1075.

Toronto Mayor David Miller said he has no regrets about sole-sourcing the trains to Bombardier in 2006 as a way of keeping the company's plant open in northern Ontario.

The 234 subway cars to be delivered over the next two years will begin running by early next year on the Yonge line.

CAW Local 1075 President Paul Pugh said he is extremely pleased that the subway car line is now in production. "This will secure jobs for CAW members for the next twenty five years. This will be the first time the plant will be running at capacity for more than a decade." Pugh said that the successful train contract is a result of the combined effort of the National Union, CAW Locals 112 and 1075, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and supporters.

The trains also represent an important investment in Canadian jobs, particularly during the recession, Miller said. Miller was joined at the launch by Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne and federal Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt.

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