MEMO: O-Train Light Rail Transit Stage 1 and Stage 2 Quarterly Update (Q2 – 2019)
The City of Ottawa Media Relations have released the following memo to media:
As part of the ongoing commitment to keep Council apprised of the progress of the O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) Stage 1 and Stage 2 projects, this memorandumoutlines the milestones achieved in Q2 2019andprovides an overview of the planned work for the remainder of Q3 2019.
Key Activities to Monitor
The following items are required to achieve system operationalization:
- 12 days of Trial Running –successful demonstration of performance;
- Revenue Service Availability (RSA); and,
- Launch of train service.
Path to Revenue Service Availability
As noted in the Memo to Council, RTG achieved Substantial Completion on July 27, 2019, and Trial Running started the week of July 29, 2019. RTG provided an updated RSA date of August 16, 2019at the July 10,2019 Finance and Economic Development Committee meeting. Following RSA and handover to the City, staff will need to undertake the operational readiness activities required to ensure that the Confederation Line seamlessly integrates into the OC Transpo network prior to opening day, including additional City-led system practice, simulated system operations and final staff training. It is expected that Confederation Line service would be launched within one month of RTG achieving the RSA date. The City anticipates that operations of the Confederation Line will begin in September 2019.
Stage 2 LRT Project Update
Upon reaching financial and commercial close earlier this spring, TransitNEXT and EastWest Connectors (EWC) have started to mobilize along their respective alignments to commence preparatory activities such as geotechnical investigations, silt fence installation, site office mobilization, and pre-construction surveys. The Rail Construction Program will continue to work with City Councillors to advise where work is underway and provide public notification as appropriate.
Source : City of Ottawa.