|This week, City Council was provided an update on the Rideau Transit Group’s (RTG’s) testing and return-to-service plan for the O-Train Confederation line. |
At this point, 11 trains have been inspected, with nine trains tested to date under the oversight of Transportation Research Associates (TRA). The entire rail fleet continues to progress through the detailed safety certification process and the track and related infrastructure repairs are undergoing the final validation and assessments required to enable a return to revenue service.
It is anticipated that before the end of the week, a full system-wide test of Confederation Line 1 will take place over two days prior to returning to revenue service.
Ultimately, the return-to-service day is contingent upon RTG providing, to the satisfaction of TRA and the City:
• a robust and fulsome quality assurance program
• updates to their maintenance programs and processes, to ensure that the root causes of the recent derailments are fully addressed.
The plan remains to resume a partial return to service with seven trains and two spares in the first two weeks of November, and to incrementally expand service throughout the month of November.
While I am pleased to see progress being made to return LRT to service, I am not yet confident that the underlying issues that resulted in the recent train derailment have been resolved. Prior to service resumption, Council will be provided with a technical briefing and it is my full expectation that RTG is able to demonstrate that the service is both reliable and safe.
Call for a Judicial Inquiry into LRT
The call for a Judicial Inquiry into LRT continues at City Council.
Last week, my colleague Councillor McKenney and I once again brought forward a motion that calls upon Council to request a Judicial Inquiry into the LRT debacle.
It is critical that Council has a full understanding of the issues that resulted in our dysfunctional Light Rail Transit System and I believe that a full investigation that also includes the actions and decisions made by members of Council and the Mayor is an important part of the process.
We must ensure that we do not make the same mistakes again with Stage 2 and Stage 3 LRT.
This motion will be debated by Council on Wednesday November 10th. Members of the public can tune in here.