In a five-page notice of action filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Tuesday, Crosslinx claims it’s owed compensation because it has incurred damages and increased costs as a result of Metrolinx’s failure to live up to the project’s contract. The notice doesn’t specify how much the consortium believes it’s owed.
Crosslinx is also seeking a declaration from the court that it’s entitled to push back the Crosstown’s agreed-upon completion date. The 19-kilometre line is currently supposed to enter service in 2021.
“I can confirm that we have filed a notice of action against Metrolinx for breach of contract,” said Kristin Jenkins, a spokesperson for Crosslinx, which is a partnership of construction giants Aecon, Dragados Canada, EllisDon, and SNC-Lavalin.
Jenkins wouldn’t discuss specifics of the case, saying Crosslinx is “not talking about the dispute outside of the legal process.”
“We are focused on building the Crosstown and meeting our contractual obligation,” she said.
In an emailed statement, Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster said the agency “has been working closely with Crosslinx over several months on their alleged reasons for a claim,” and Metrolinx remains “committed to achieving the September 2021 opening date” for the line.