Metrolinx: Litigation not what is required

The public sector agency in charge of the Eglinton Crosstown P3 scheme has defended its position as the private partner goes to court.

Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS), the private partner delivering the P3 scheme, has filed an application with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, claiming that Metrolinx and provincial agency Infrastructure Ontario had failed to address problems relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, Metrolinx president and chief executive Phil Verster has rejected the claims, arguing that CTS’s “lack of productivity was a problem from well before the pandemic hit”.

He added: “CTS has achieved their monthly production rates in only four months out of the last 26 months. Since August 2018, CTS has achieved only 72% of their planned volume of work.    

“CTS went to court in 2018 and now they are now doing it again. Litigation, while not surprising, is not what is required now.”

He insisted that Metrolinx is “doing its part” and “meeting its commitments”.

CTS has claimed that Covid-19 had created unexpected issues such as absenteeism and supply chain problems.

CTS is comprised of ACS-Dragados, Aecon, EllisDon and SNC-Lavalin.