Bombardier, the manufacturer of the new CTA rail cars, has laid off 100 employees at its Plattsburgh, N.Y.-based plant following a quality issue with a part from an outside supplier.
The CTA pulled the new rail cars from their debut service on the Pink Line. In late November, CTA inspectors working at Bombardier’s Plattsburgh, NY, manufacturing facility noticed a flaw in the quality of a casting used to create wheel bearing housings. The casting was replaced and no further issues were detected until CTA inspectors noted a second quality issue with a casting at the Plattsburgh facility. CTA and Bombardier immediately began more inspections and discovered issues with other castings.
"Unfortunately we had to temporarily shut down the production line for railcars we’re building for the CTA," said Bombardier spokesperson Maryanne Roberts. "We’re doing everything we can to start up production and recall everyone as soon as possible."
This news does not bode well for the CTA to stay on schedule with production and rollout of the new rail cars.