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Mayor vows to have LRT running in Ottawa by September

Following a meeting with Alstom and RTG officials the mayor announces a handover date sometime in mid-August
An O-Train emerges from the downtown LRT tunnel during testing in April, 2018. (Courtesy: City of Ottawa)

It's a familiar story, but this time the mayor is sure we'll be riding the rails of the Confederation Line by September. 

Jim Watson held a meeting at city hall on Tuesday with the CEO from Alstom and the CEO from the Rideau Transit Group, along with other members of the city's transit team. 

They discussed the issues with the project, the problems with the trains themselves and Watson says he's made it clear that something needs to be done to fix all these issues. 

Speaking following the meeting, Mayor Watson said that Alstom has promised to have the Citadis Spirit trains completed by July 7 and that RTG would be ready to handover the keys by either the second or third week in August.

The mayor also recognized that similar commitments had been made in the past and so he has tasked Transit boss John Manconi with keeping 'their feet to the fire.'

The deadline for light rail in Ottawa has already been missing four times and Watson says it would be 'unacceptable' if they missed it for the fifth time. 


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