Toronto’s new Rocket subway cars are stuck on the launch pad months after they were expected to arrive in Toronto.

The delay, blamed on the bankruptcy of the New York-based door manufacturer, means Yonge-University riders will wait at least six extra months for some relief from overcrowding on the system’s busiest line.

The new TR cars were supposed to begin testing in the TTC tunnels early this year. But officials say it will be at least late August before the first Rockets arrive and the end of the year before they’re pressed into service.

Bombardier has done everything it can to minimize the impact of the delay on the TTC and is now doing some of the door work in-house at the company’s Thunder Bay plant, said spokesman Marc-André Lefebvre.

The delay won’t affect TTC operations.

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