The province is holding back millions because of the derailed Ottawa LRT project

A letter from the Department of Transportation to city officials also makes it clear that the $ 1.2 billion for Phase 2 LRT is also in jeopardy.

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A letter from the Department of Transportation to city officials also makes it clear that the $ 1.2 billion for Phase 2 LRT is also in jeopardy.

The letter, dated November 2, states that the ministry has noted, “some of the issues facing the OLRT1 project, including at least 3 issues that have involved either an investigation or a review by the Transportation Safety Board.”

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The letter, sent by ministry officials to city officials, states that the $ 60 million detention will not be released until the city can confirm that all security issues have been resolved.

Specifically, the province is asking the city for a certificate that all issues raised by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) have been addressed and to submit a report from an independent engineer that the construction of the system has been carried out “in accordance with industry standards.”

Despite telling the city that their funding is not coming, the letter ends with a warm tone.

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“We would like to emphasize once again that we value the ongoing collaboration with the City of Ottawa and our staff contacts,” wrote Vrinda Vaidyanathan of the ministry’s capital compliance department.

LRT has not been in operation since the derailment on 19 September.

City officials have said they hope to have partial operation by the end of November and full operation resumed in December.

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