Confederation Line achieves 'revenue service availability,' 463 days after original deadline

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, September 3, 2019

Stop the clock! The $2.1-billion Confederation Line has been handed over to the City of Ottawa.

The delay for the originally scheduled handover had been extended past May 24, 2018, as the Rideau Transit Group worked to finish construction and commissioning. The delay ran 463 days.

RTG filed its “revenue service availability” documents last Friday and the project’s independent certifier reviewed the material and the city’s opinion over the weekend. The certifier confirmed the revenue service availability as of Friday and the city on Tuesday announced the news.

“Pending completion of final open items and documentation that the city requires just prior to public launch, any remaining work will be tracked as minor deficiencies for completion within six months,” transportation general manager John Manconi told council members in a memo Tuesday.

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