The Bombardiers Transportation Management system has been under construction since January, when the company launched its ambitious new high-speed rail system.
It’s now slated to be ready to roll out by 2022.
But delays to the delivery of the system’s first major component, a high-capacity rail tunnel, have raised concerns about whether the project will be ready in time for the 2020 Olympics.
In a recent blog post, Bombardiere Transportation President Paul Lefebvre detailed the challenges the company faces with the project, saying that it needs to address delays to some of the key elements of the project.
“Bombardier is undertaking the most complex project in its history to upgrade its transportation management system, and there are no guarantees that the delivery schedule will be achieved in the desired timeframe,” Lefegre wrote.
“With this in mind, the company has committed to completing the first phase of the new tunnel and is working closely with the state of Quebec to address any delays in the first quarter of 2019.”
The delays are causing a lot of headaches for Bombardir’s passengers.
“We have experienced significant delays,” Bombardiniere Transportation passenger Chris Foy wrote on Twitter.
“There is no way to know how long it will take to get to the games, but I can promise you that it will be worth the wait.”
As a result, passengers in the city of Montreal are being redirected to other airports, according to Lefemere.
“Bombardiers will continue to be redirected to airports across Quebec until the tunnel is completed, or until a satisfactory timetable can be established,” Lecuivre said in a statement.
The company is also working with the federal government to provide funding for the tunnel, as well as support for construction of a second phase of its high-frequency rail system that would run through Montreal.
But it’s unclear if the federal funding will be available by the time the new rail system is ready.
Bombardiere is also facing challenges with the safety of the tunnel itself.
Bombardair recently completed a series of tests of the rail system’s stability, but the system remains in the experimental phase.
The company is still waiting for a safety inspection to confirm whether the tunnel will be safe for passengers.
Lefebre also said that Bombardini would like to have a new tunnel ready to open in time to compete in the Olympics.
Bombanier is planning to build its new high speed rail system from Quebec City to Montreal, and the first part of the line will run in 2021.