City withholding millions from LRT builder

By Hillary Johnstone, CBC News Ottawa, August 19, 2020

OC Transpo boss John Manconi says the city continues to withhold millions of dollars from Rideau Transit Group (RTG) over ongoing problems with Ottawa's new light rail system.

In a memo to the mayor, councillors and transit commissioners Wednesday, Manconi said the city has paid out approximately one-quarter of the amount RTG has billed in recent months.

Between October 2019 and July 2020, RTG sought approximately $60 million from the city, but Manconi said for now, the city will only be cutting a cheque for $17.45 million. 

As reported by CBC, the contract with RTG allows the city to deduct payments for poor performance.

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