Rideau Transit Group CEO Peter Lauch leaving job

By Jon Willing, The Citizen, June 22, 2020

Peter Lauch, the chief executive of the Rideau Transit Group (RTG), is leaving the beleaguered organization as it faces mounting pressure to make the $2.1-billion LRT system reliable by September.

Lauch’s voluntary departure, announced Monday but effective July 10, will leave big questions for the City of Ottawa and the state of the 12.5-kilometre crosstown rail service built by a company now operating under a notice of contract default.


Inside city hall, Lauch was a welcomed appointment since managers had already developed a decent relationship with him during LRT construction, even though RTG and the city were already embroiled in financial disputes dating back to the late delivery of the LRT system in 2019.

But Lauch took over a maintenance division that seemed to be unable to handle the upkeep of the rail system and was constantly reacting to new problems.


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