Nearly four weeks after a train derailed on the Confederate line and shut down the mass transportation service, the builder of LRT has given the city a plan to get the light rail system running.
“Late in the afternoon, the Rideau Transit Group (RTG) gave the city a delivery plan for return to service,” Mayor Steve Kanellakos wrote in a note sent to the council Friday night.
“This document is quite detailed and staff will review the content and make a preliminary assessment over the weekend. I will share details of the plan and RTG’s proposed timeline on Monday.”
There is no indication of when RTG believes the Confederate line can run again.
At the council on Wednesday, Kanellakos said that even when RTG submitted its plan – he suggested at the time that the plan could come as early as this week – it should be reviewed carefully, not only by the city’s own staff and security officers, but by The independent consultants TRA Inc., which the city hired after the recent derailment.
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The city has previously challenged RTG’s plans, so there is no guarantee that it would accept this return-to-service plan.
A train derailed twice in as many months on the Confederate line – on August 8 and September 19. According to a report from the Transport Safety Agency less than 48 hours after the second incident, a westbound train was derailed just east of Tremblay station, then continued to travel through the station, across a railway bridge that crosses Riverside Drive before stopping.
This information was not disclosed at the Transit Commission meeting on 20 September. At the same meeting, then-Transit Manager John Manconi suggested the cause could have been from a piece of grinding equipment.
But this week, Kanellakos said RTG’s maintenance arm told him the cause of the derailment was a loose gearbox. The CBC reported that on September 21st.
Kanellakos said he was told the bolts securing the gearbox were not properly tightened “or verified”, causing the gearbox to become detached and pull along the track, eventually leading to “derailment of the wheel in the train.”