OC Transpo boss apologizes for confusion over LRT payment

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, February 12, 2020

OC Transpo boss John Manconi apologized Wednesday for failing to inform councillors about a payment made to LRT contractors for September.

"Make no mistake about it — there's no deceit, no lies," Manconi told councillors at Wednesday's city council meeting. "That's not who I am, that's not who my team is. We're all human and we make mistakes.... I apologize."

Late last week, CBC reported that the city had been "contractually obligated" to pay Rideau Transit Maintenance (RTM) for the month of September despite ongoing issues with the new light rail system. Many councillors and members of the public were under the impression that the city hadn't paid RTM a cent since taking over the Confederation Line on Aug. 31.


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