Egan: How winter-ready is our LRT system after snow plow mishap?

By Kelly Egan, Ottawa Citizen, February 21, 2019

Only seven weeks before the handover deadline for the $2.1-billion LRT system — and a week before a crippling snowstorm — a specialized rail-plow malfunctioned and struck vital transmission equipment on the track.

It is further evidence the city’s keystone public-transit initiative, to be transferred from builder Rideau Transit Group on March 31, will not only miss the deadline but may have shortcomings only uncovered in winter testing under extreme weather conditions.

The city’s director of rail construction program, Michael Morgan, confirmed a plow employed by RTG’s maintenance division damaged parts of the system on Feb. 6 near uOttawa Station.

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