'A lot of frustrations': Montreal is hoping to avoid Ottawa's LRT mess

By Jason Magder, Ottawa Citizen, February 15, 2020

Could Ottawa’s experience with light rail transit be a sign of things to come for Montreal?

The nation’s capital inaugurated its new $2.1-billion Confederation Line in September, but since its initial launch, the light-rail system has been beset with problems. Electrical issues, malfunctioning doors and faulty switching technology on the tracks are among the problems.

The city has pinned some of the blame for the problems on the private partners chosen to build and operate the train line, as part of a public-private partnership. That should be a concern to Montrealers, because many of the builders and operators of Ottawa’s trains are the same ones chosen to build and operate the Réseau express métropolitain — a $6.3-billion automated electric light rail project planned to begin operation in the region in phases between 2021 and 2023.


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