Outside experts an 'important step' toward LRT fix, transit GM promises

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, January 23, 2020

Members of Ottawa's transit commission spent hours Thursday hammering the builders of the $2.1-billion Confederation Line with questions about the long list of problems plaguing the four-month-old LRT system, but in the end got no clear answer about when it will finally become more reliable.

Rideau Transit Maintenance (RTM), an arm of the consortium that constructed the 12.5-kilometre light rail system, has promised to hire outside experts to identify improvements, commissioners heard at a hastily-called meeting.

According to the city's transportation GM, John Manconi, RTM has agreed to hire British firm JBA Corp., experts in rail operations. Manconi said RTM has agreed to implement any recommendations that JBA puts forward.


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