City hammers RTG performance in notice of LRT contract failure

By Kelly Egan, Ottawa Citizen, March 16, 2020

Rideau Transit Group didn’t deliver the required number of trains for 25 consecutive rush-hour periods in January and badly flunked other basic performance standards, the City of Ottawa said in a blistering letter released Friday.

The so-called “notice of default” — a legal step triggering a process to potentially end the contract — lays out the major shortcomings in RTG’s 30-year contractual obligation to maintain and run Ottawa’s $2.1-billion light-rail system.

It also makes another devastating allegation: that RTG misrepresented itself as a consortium that was competent to maintain and run a new light-rail system intended to carry as many as 20,000 passengers per hour.

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