City will get keys to Ottawa's LRT system by end of March, builders say

By Tom Spears and Shaamini Yogaretnam, Ottawa Citizen, January 4, 2018

The builders of Ottawa’s much anticipated light rail transit system say it will be turned over to the city on or before March 31  and, according to the city, riders can expect to be on the trains within one month of that date.

The Rideau Transit Group was originally to have told city officials by Wednesday when it could hand over the completed LRT system after several delays on delivery, but city officials gave the consortium a one-day extension to Thursday to reveal the updated time frame. The new date was announced after 5 p.m. Thursday, in a memo by rail construction program director Michael Morgan to city council.

The date is in line with Mayor Jim Watson’s previously expressed confidence that the system would be completed by the end of March. Watson is on vacation until Jan. 7 and was not available to comment on the announcement, according to his press secretary.

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