We still don’t know who will pay, and especially not in what percentage, for the new phase of repairing the Montreal Transit Company’s (STM) Azure trains, 20 of which are currently discontinued due to “wear and tear and premature rolling of the wheel,” he revealed Thursday. Journalism. For the expert, the main part of the bill should go to Alstom, the multinational company behind the design of the trains.
“Discussions are still ongoing on this point,” a carrier spokesperson, Justin Lord Dufour, said succinctly Thursday, explaining that no further details could be provided at this time on the nature of the costs or their payers.
Thursday, Journalism1 It was revealed that in 2019 STM noticed an “anomaly” in rolling stock – the equivalent of what is often called to bear Automotive – that is, the part that secures the wheel to the vehicle and allows it to rotate. Essentially, a construction fault allows electric current to pass through the bearings, thus creating arcs that destroy them. Montreal’s general manager, Marie-Claude Leonard, was unable to confirm the cost of the operation, in an interview.
Via email, Alstom cautiously noted that it is “in discussion with STM regarding covering direct costs related to parts replacement.” The multinational will assume its “role as STM’s rail depot supplier partner, as it has done since the inception of the subway car replacement project in 2010,” said Michelle Stein, vice president of communications for the entire Americas region.
“We have developed a durable, permanent solution and are participating in efforts to repair damaged components. We continue to support STM to mitigate supply chain issues and secure spare parts,” she notes, without going any further.
In the fall of 2022, a “permanent” solution was implemented to correct the problem. This mount includes on each axle – the central part of the train’s wheel – a set of conductive crowns that redirect the electric current to any other location than on the rolling stock, for example towards the tracks. It is the French multinational company Alstom that created this device. According to our information, all Azur trains are affected by this train “anomaly” and will have to perform this upgrade.
Recall that the first Azur trains, also called “MPM-10” for aerial equipment for Montreal 2010, were ordered by STM in 2008. The consortium made up of Bombardier and Alstom, which also bought Bombardier’s subsidiary carrier in 2021, supplied The transportation company supplies most of the materials needed for the new trains.
For Pierre Barriot, a transportation planning expert at the University of Montreal, it should be up to Alstom to foot the bill. I haven’t read the contract, but usually here we talk about construction defects. This kind of thing, as a rule, is covered by the warranty, since it is a design defect. Thus, it is usually up to Alstom to pay.”
Legal discussions could take place between STM and Alstom in order to resolve the impasse, according to the expert. “Alstom mainly produced the carriages, and therefore the carriages were under the trains. The strange thing is that it has been a hoax in production for so long and that they are producing it on other metro networks, including Paris,” notes Mr. Barrio.
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