Train automation is manager's biggest concern as city moves toward LRT launch

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, April 3, 2018

John Manconi, the city’s general manager of transportation, isn’t stressed about LRT stations, tracks and vehicles being constructed by the fall. His focus is on making sure computers can operate a train 12.5 kilometres across the city without a hitch.

Confirming that the train automation works will be a major milestone for the city, but it’s one Manconi says he worries the most about, since there’s complex technology involved.

The “communications-based train control” system is being supplied by Thales Canada. When there are three trains running in automated mode on the eastern portion of the LRT line, there will be high-fives in the corner offices of city hall.

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