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Ottawa, builder of light rail line announce settlement

By | January 27, 2023

Agreement comes just two days after city council called for negotiation to end dispute

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Red and white light rail trainset in station
An Ottawa Confederation Line light rail train pauses at the University of Ottawa station. (OC Transpo)

OTTAWA, Ontario — The City of Ottawa and the builder of its troubled light rail Confederation Line, the Rideau Transit Group, have reached an out-of-court settlement over the contract to build the light rail system.

A joint statement issued today (Friday, Jan. 27) says the agreement resolves the dispute and resets the relationship between the two parties, the CBC reports.

The statement mentions the second of two notices of default the city had filed against RTG, in September 2021 after a pair of derailments. One of those led to a 54-day shutdown of the Confederation Line [see “After 54 days, Ottawa light rail service resumes,” Trains News Wire, Nov. 12, 2021]. That issue has been resolved “based on RTG’s rigorous plan to address the issues that led to the derailments,” the statement says. The problems will be addressed before an eastern extension to Orleans opens in 2025.

The settlement comes just two days after Ottawa’s city council had directed its head of transit services to negotiate a deal in the long-running dispute with RTG [see “Ottawa to seek settlement …,” News Wire, Jan. 26, 2023].

4 thoughts on “Ottawa, builder of light rail line announce settlement

  1. Ottawa does not want this to work. They have done everything possible to make this fail.

    Go to Europe the system works, everywhere. If you try hard enough you can make a good, proven system fail.

    This is what low bid gets you!

    1. Article in today’s Wall Street Journal about Honolulu’s light rail debacle. You’re right, Terry. Europe can do it. We can’t.

      Is there a European equivalent to the United Aircraft turbotrains that flopped on both Amtrak and VIA Rail?

    2. I don’t know if you can say Ottawa does not want this to work. It appears way to much political interference, buying an unproven LRT, probably a little palm greasing, project management failures, poor maintenance, etc.
      Waterloo Region appears to have gotten it right.

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