By Mohamed Adam, Ottawa Citizen, September 11, 2018
There is considerable frustration in the city at news that commuters won’t be riding the Confederation Line LRT in November because of construction delays. The city says the builder, Rideau Transit Group, will now complete construction by Nov. 30, and because of required safety tests of vehicles, tracks, computers and such, the trains won’t be running until some time in the new year. Ottawa residents are right to be disappointed because this latest setback follows an earlier six-month delay.
The delay comes days after mayoral candidate Clive Doucet unveiled a bold transit plan that includes renovation of the Prince of Wales Bridge and commuter rail from Ottawa to Smiths Falls and West Quebec. But then Doucet rained on his own parade by suggesting he would delay construction of the $3.6-billon Stage 2 extension of the east-west Confederation Line and north-south Trillium Line. This, he would do to make sure the now-delayed first stage from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair worked properly.https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/adam-on-lrt-doucet-shouldnt-do-anything-to-mess-up-funding