January 22, 2020
GM, Transportation Services Department
1500 St. Laurent Boulevard, Floor 1
CC: City Council
Section 2 of Schedule 23 to the Project Agreement for Stage 1 of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project sets out the method for determining the compensation to be paid on termination of the P3 agreement for city default or convenience.
I am requesting that City staff provide a detailed breakdown of the estimated cost to the City should we terminate the contract with RTG/RTM for convenience, or for any other avenue of termination that is currently available to the City through the Project Agreement. Further, I am requesting an estimate of the cost of a negotiated purchase of the controlling interest in RTG/RTM through purchase of equity.
Finally, I request that this information be made available at, or in advance of, this Thursday’s meeting of the Transit Commission.
Councillor/ Conseiller Shawn Menard
Ward 17, Capital
City of Ottawa | Ville d’Ottawa
PDF version here.
I’m not (yet) convinced that the city has the resources/expertise to take over LRT maintenance. Clearly, the current maintenance group is not (so far) up to the task and need far more pressure to do a proper job. I thought Steve Kanalacus’ statement was persuasive.
My concern is that for Phase 2, in spite of the unanimous opinion of an advisory committee that the SNC bid is technically unacceptable, the city apparently is going to give them the contract, because it is the cheapest. We get what we pay for! Have we learned nothing from the current LRT fiasco? What’s really going on here? I can’t help but wonder.