But the changes have left councilors wary of the company's ability to follow through on their commitments.

"I think we all have to be a little skeptical, considering the history," said Galloway.

The Region of Waterloo has confirmed that the start of the Ion LRT service will be delayed until early 2018, due to delays in car production at the Bombardier plant.

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The final car is now expected to arrive in October 2017 – but it cannot be put into service right away.

Once cars arrive in the region, they must be put through safety tests and a required 600-kilometer burn-in period, which will delay the service start-up until early 2018.

In April, Bombardier said it would be unable to meet its deadline due to a disconnect between the company's manufacturing plant in Mexico and its assembly plant in Thunder Bay.

That disconnect included misaligned bolt holes, which were discovered when the assembly crews in Thunder Bay started to put together test vehicles.

The region has purchased 14 light rail vehicles (LRV) from Bombardier as part of a larger Metrolinx contract for 170 such vehicles.

The original agreement would have seen all 14 vehicles delivered by Dec. This is the second delay in train car production by Bombardier.In summer of 2010, funding from higher levels of government was announced: 0 million from the province of Ontario, and 5 million (or up to 1/3 of the full cost) from the federal government.The provincial figure was disappointing to supporters, as they had previously promised 2/3 of the cost.In 2009, an Environmental Assessment (EA) began to create a proposal of electrically-powered light rail transit through Kitchener and Waterloo, and adapted bus rapid transit from Kitchener to Cambridge.On June 24, 2009, Regional Council voted to approve the project, subject to funding from higher levels of government, which was in turn approved by council on June 15, 2011.Bombardier said it expected the first train cars to arrive in the region in October, two months later than initially expected, with the final rail cars arriving in May 2017.