Passengers to drive LRT in September

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CTV Ottawa

Published Tuesday, 18 June 2019 17:46 EDT

Last updated Tuesday, 18 June 2019 18:20 EDT

Mayor Jim Watson says passengers will travel on the light rail in September.

Watson made the announcement on Tuesday after a meeting with Alstom, the company that builds the trains, and the Rideau Transit Group, the consortium in charge of building the Confederation Line.

Based on the new timeline, Alstom will complete the trains by 7 July and RTG will deliver the LRT to the city of Ottawa in the second or third week of August. After the handover, the city will need four weeks of testing.

The problems with the trains, including the doors, the brakes and the on-board communication system, were the basis of the delays in progress. Alstom Citadis Spirit is a brand new model of the Alstom Citadis line of light rail cars. Ottawa is the first city in the world to order them.

RTG missed four LRT deadlines. The $ 2.1 billion project was originally scheduled for May 24, 2018.

Tuesday's announcement will be good news for transit pilots who have complained about OC Transpo's reliability. In September 2018, OC Transpo reduced the service on some routes in anticipation of LRT. At the beginning of this month, the city council voted to keep the OC Transpo tariffs frozen until the opening of LRT.

The LRT Confederation Line runs 12.5 kilometers from Blair Road, at the eastern end, at Tunney's Pasture, to the west. There will be 13 stations in total, with 10 kilometers of overland travel and 2.5 kilometers underground.

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