Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

OTTAWA-As Ottawa commuters begin a fourth week without light rail transit, the council is set to vote on proposals calling for a public inquiry into the LRT system and possibly canceling the 30-year maintenance contract with Rideau Transit Maintenance.

The council will meet on Wednesday the 23rd day without O-Train service on line 1 after the second derailment on the two-year system in six weeks.

Confederation Line has been out of service since Sept. 19 when an LRT car derailed at Tremblay Station, damaging the car, track, station platform and LRT infrastructure.

Last week, TSB said its investigation found the car derailed in the middle of Tremblay Station’s north platform, departed in derailed condition and continued across Riverside Drive before hitting a signal mast and contact heater.

Rideau Transit Maintenance said on September 20 that the LRT system would be out of service for at least three weeks while repairs were made. As of Friday, there was no update on when the service would resume.

The OC Transpos R1 bus service continues to run along the Confederation line. Some OC Transpo bus trips have been canceled to allow the transit service to move buses to the R1 replacement bus route.

It was the second derailment involving the light rail transit system in six weeks, following a derailment near Tunney’s pastures on 8 August. is looking at the survey and the proposals that the council will vote on this week.


Experts with Philadelphia-based TRA Inc. arrived in Ottawa on October 4 to begin their preliminary assessment of the return to the LRT service plan after the derailment.

Mayor Steve Kanellakos says the city hired TRA to conduct an independent review to ensure the Rideau Transit Group implements a safe return to service of the Confederation Line.

“Public confidence and integrity in the safety of our light rail transit (LRT) system is a top priority,” Kanellakos said in a note to the council on 4 October. “The City does not accept the return of service for the O-train Confederation Line 1 until the TRA completes their review and makes its recommendation to the City for consideration and acceptance.”

Kanellkos also denied rumors on social media that the Confederation Line would be out of service until mid-February, saying: “There are no indications that (RTG / RTM) did not have the necessary parts and / or materials to complete infrastructure repairs. “

Transit Commission Chairman Allan Hubley told CTV Morning Live on Thursday that he believed it would take weeks, not months, for the system to be repaired.

A proposal from the Economic and Economic Development Committee last week said the city reviewed RTG’s alleged plan and timetable for resuming LRT service, adding that it “continues to find both unsatisfactory in all circumstances.”

LRT Derailment


The state of Ottawa’s light rail transit system and the city’s relationship with the Rideau Transit Group / Rideau Transit Maintenance will dominate Wednesday’s council meeting.

A proposal from the country. Catherine McKenney, posted by coun. Carol Anne Meehan, calls on the City of Ottawa to conduct a judicial inquiry into the LRT project.

The Ontario Municipal Act allows the council to ask a judge of the Superior Court to investigate possible breaches of trust by a councilor, staff or person who has a contract with the municipality, and to investigate any matter related to the good governance of the municipality. .

In an interview on CTV Morning Live last week, coun. McKenney said Ottawa paid $ 2.1 billion. And “we have a system that is dysfunctional.”

“At this point, the public is certainly not transforming the trust they need in the train system to continue to support it,” McKenney said, noting that there have been two derailments in six weeks along with problems with the wheels and other parts of the LRT infrastructure.

“A judicial inquiry at this point, it’s public, so people have paid for this system, can be confident that we are moving forward with future phases and know what we are doing,” McKenney said.

Somerset councilor says transit riders have questions that only a judicial inquiry could answer.

“Taxpayers have paid $ 2.1 billion for this system and they want to know what went wrong. What was in the bid, what was in the contract, and what were the decisions made between then and today? , which has led us to a place where we do not have a functioning rail system, “McKenney said. “And when we do, confidence in security has been compromised.”

In a note to councilors last week, city attorney David White warned that a public inquiry could be costly.

“The significant costs and commitment of time and resources associated with a judicial inquiry are factors that warrant careful consideration before a request is invoked under section 274 of the Local Government Act, 2001,” White said.

“Furthermore, the Council should understand that there are no timelines associated with a study once it has been established.”

White notes, there are other options for examining the LRT contract, including integrity commissioners, ombudsmen or municipal / provincial auditors general.

Derailed LRT train September 20th


The Council will also vote on a proposal to escalate its legal pressure on the LRT contractor after the two derailments in six weeks.

The Committee on Finance and Economic Development voted in favor of delivering a ‘dispute notice’ to the Rideau Transit Group, which could result in more legal battles. The Council must give final approval to the proposal.

The ‘notice of dispute’ is essentially the city signaling that it is not satisfied with RTG’s response and may take further legal action.

“This is RTG’s problem to solve, and if RTG continues to abdicate its responsibility, the city must take the strongest possible action under the project agreement and by law,” reads a letter from the city to RTG, published on 5 October. .

OC Transpo O train station closed


Coun. Diane Deans, posted by coun. Riley Brockington, will put forward a proposal calling on the City of Ottawa to investigate the cancellation of the 30-year contract with Rideau Transit Maintenance.

A proposal will be presented Wednesday to ask the mayor to look into the possibility of terminating the 30-year maintenance contract and bring back a report describing all the consequences of early termination.

Deans and Brockington also request the options for building review for the future maintenance of the LRT, including the possibility of developing an in-house maintenance team.

Alstom workers, OC Transpo O-Train derailed


Mayor Jim Watson wants to make public transportation free for frustrated riders in December.

The Council will vote on a Watson proposal sent out of the country. Hubley, to offer a full month free shuttle service in December.

According to the memo, the costs will be DKK 7.2 million. Dollars for free transit will be financed by the expected funds from the financial and performance provisions of the project agreement with Rideau Transit Group.

“We say in December because it will also help the retail industry and Christmas shoppers and people who go out to parties and have a drink or two to use the service at no charge,” Watson said in an interview with CTV News Ottawa in September. 21.


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