All LRT trains built and in testing, but still no launch date

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, April 2, 2019

All trains for the $2.1-billion Stage 1 LRT system have been built and are in the testing phase, according to the city’s transportation boss, who on Tuesday also defended the construction quality in the downtown tunnel.

John Manconi, the general manager who oversees rail construction and OC Transpo, told the finance and economic development committee that all tunnels leak and there are sump pumps in place to capture water. He reminded Mayor Jim Watson and councillors that the LRT tunnel was built under a waterway, the Rideau Canal.

This newspaper’s Tuesday edition reported that a Rideau Transit Group inspector flagged “non-conformance” waterproofing in the tunnel in 2018. The inspector found “varieties of issues” with the waterstop installation in the tunnel, the non-conformance report says. It was too late to fix the work since it was covered in concrete, so an engineer recommended RTG be prepared to fix any leaks related to the deficient waterproofing.

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