Ottawa transit boss 'concerned' by frequency of LRT foul-ups

By Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa, January 24, 2020

Ottawa's transit boss has often said he expected the city's four-month-old LRT system to suffer growing pains, but John Manconi admitted Thursday even he's surprised by how frequently serious flaws have been cropping up.

"All these things — door issues, flats, slippage — those are all normal. The issue is the frequency," transportation general manager, John Manconi, told an emergency meeting of the transit commission.

On Monday, consultants from JBA Corp. will arrive to tackle a long list of problems, and to look at how Rideau Transit Maintenance (RTM) has been handling them. The tipping point for Manconi came New Year's Eve, he said. Following a "good run" that lasted several weeks, trains suddenly trains lost power just as the free holiday service was beginning.

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