City issues formal notice of default to RTG

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By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, March 9, 2020

Ottawa city council has unanimously agreed to issue Rideau Transit Group (RTG) a formal notice of default over ongoing problems with the Confederation Line, an unprecedented move for the city.

"This is a strong escalation," said Mayor Jim Watson following a three-hour closed-door meeting Monday. "Plainly stated, we're not getting what we paid for."

The notice of default will be issued Tuesday. RTG will then have until March 31 to provide a "credible and realistic" time frame to fix the issues, although Watson noted "time is running out" for the consortium.