New transit execs face monumental task for LRT upgrade

By Bruce Deachman and Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen, July 2, 2020

Nicolas Truchon and Mario Guerra face the monumental task of ensuring that Ottawa’s transit riders don’t have to go through what city transportation general manager John Manconi describes as “another winter of hell.”

The beleaguered Rideau Transit Group announced on Tuesday that Truchon would take over chief executive duties as of July 10, while Guerra will take over as head of Rideau Transit Maintenance, the RTG affiliate responsible for maintaining the city’s $2.1 billion LRT system, on the same date.

(...)Manconi’s hellish comment two weeks ago underscores the numerous problems that have plagued Ottawa’s LRT since its launch last fall.

The city hasn’t made maintenance payments to RTG since an initial $5.1-million transfer, mostly for the company’s performance last September when the 12.5-kilometre LRT line opened.

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