City budget not at risk due to LRT: Manconi

By Ted Raymond, CFRA News, December 20, 2017

Ottawa’s General Manager of Transportation Services says the 2018 budget is not at risk because of the launch of LRT.

Councillor Tobi Nussbaum raised concerns on Newstalk 580 CFRA's Ottawa Now with Evan Solomon Tuesday, saying he was “genuinely puzzled” why City Council was not informed about a possible delay to the revenue service availability date for the Confederation Line, which is supposed to be May 24, 2018. Nussbaum also said he was concerned that City staff may have somehow agreed not to levy financial penalties against Rideau Transit Group (RTG) as a result of the delay, though he admitted he didn’t know if that was the case.

The concern is that if LRT doesn’t launch by mid-year, as laid out in the budget, it could affect ridership and fare revenues.

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