City inspectors noted problems with LRT switch heaters over two winters, flagged serious deficiencies in lead up to March deadline

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, January 16, 2020

Just two months before the missed LRT handover in March, city’s inspectors were still finding problems with rail switch heaters not working in ugly winter conditions and receiving a cold shoulder from the builder when it came to mandatory reporting.

Dozens of LRT construction deficiency reports recently released by the city cover the period between Nov. 22, 2018 and March 28, 2019 as the Rideau Transit Group (RTG) was making a push, after missing the previous Nov. 2, 2018 handover, to meet a new handover deadline on March 31.

The current handover deadline arrives on Friday, but even that seems to be up in the air since, as of Thursday, the city hadn’t updated council on the mandatory 12 consecutive days of trial running. Twelve days from the start of the trial actually ended last Friday.

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