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Confederation Line Update - FEDCO - March 5, 2019

The FEDCO committee of the Ottawa City Council received an update on Confederation Line progress. It was announced that RTG (Rideau Transit Group) would miss the March 31, 2019 deadline previously set. This marks the third deadline missed by RTG. They have now set Q2 2019 as the new target. RTG have 60 days to announce a new handover date however they have told the city that they wouldn't need the full 60 days to do so.

Here are some key points taken from today's presentation:​

Elements Being Monitored That Are Critical To Revenue Service Availability 

  1. Fleet availability for service requirements; 
  2. Station occupancy for all stations need to be completed; 
  3. Tunnel Ventilation System (TVS) tests; 
  4. Testing of the train control system; 
  5. Final tests of monitoring and control systems for transit operations; 
  6. Final tests of the power system to the alignment and trains completed; 
  7. RTG's system assurance – sign-off is to be provided on all documents required by the City's Safety Auditor; 
  8. End-to-End Practice Plan Running demonstrates system capability; and, 
  9. Winter Operations (new).​
Stations still pending to receive occupancy:
  • St. Laurent, Parliament, Rideau and Tunney's Pasture.
Handover Requirements 

In order to achieve RSA and handover to the City, RTG is required to demonstrate compliance with a series of deliverables including but not limited to the following: 

  • All systems assurance (safety) documentation; 
  • All project construction and site work completed; 
  • All testing and commissioning completed including a Trial Running performance test for 12 consecutive days; 
  • Compliance with all safety requirements as approved by the City's Safety Auditor; and, 
  • Operational readiness on all fronts including maintenance.​
You can listen to the audio of today's meeting below:
FEDCO Confederation Line Update - Meeting on March 5, 2019

An interactive 360-degree walkthrough of the Light Rail Vehicles was released today by OC Transpo. You can see it here: http://www.octranspo.com/ready4rail/new_vehicles#train360

City of Ottawa - Press Release

The Committee received a status update on the O-Train Confederation Line project. City staff provided the following project updates: major progress has been made on fleet availability, and station and tunnel occupancy permitting. System assurance testing continues, while the vehicle testing and commissioning activities are progressing well. The Committee was informed that Rideau Transit Group (RTG) has advised the City it will not meet the milestone requirements to enable a March 31 Revenue Service Availability (RSA) date. Further updates on a new RSA date will be provided as they become available.

Source : City of Ottawa

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Comments 3

- David B on Tuesday, 05 March 2019 17:06

At this point, it was kinda expected, but still disappointing to hear. Hopefully it ends up being early Q2 and not late Q2. Also, does it mean another 1 million penalty for RTG? Looks like it.

At this point, it was kinda expected, but still disappointing to hear. Hopefully it ends up being early Q2 and not late Q2. Also, does it mean another 1 million penalty for RTG? Looks like it.
Shane Seguin on Tuesday, 05 March 2019 17:10

Hi David. I am hoping for early Q2 as well. I believe that another penalty of $1 million will apply for this delay and not meeting the deadline set.

On a sidenote, the ceiling at Parliament Station looks amazing. Eager to see it in person.

Hi David. I am hoping for early Q2 as well. I believe that another penalty of $1 million will apply for this delay and not meeting the deadline set. On a sidenote, the ceiling at Parliament Station looks amazing. Eager to see it in person.
- David B on Wednesday, 06 March 2019 17:14

I also cannot wait to visit every single station on opening day. It will be amazing to have a world-class LRT in our city. Speaking of which, I should probably go revisit Toronto's subway or Montreal's Metro.

I also cannot wait to visit every single station on opening day. It will be amazing to have a world-class LRT in our city. Speaking of which, I should probably go revisit Toronto's subway or Montreal's Metro.
Thursday, 21 March 2019