OTTAWA, August 14, 2021
We understand how much the people of Ottawa rely on the Confederation Line and we recognize and regret the inconvenience caused by this week’s closure. Our team worked tirelessly this week to restore service this morning. Our first commitment is to the safety of our riders, staff and community.
Following the decision to suspend service on Monday, our efforts and that of Alstom’s technical and engineering resources have been focused on the methodical return of the affected LRV to the Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) and the investigation of the entire LRV fleet. Inspections have been occurring day and night and will continue over the weekend to complete this essential work in the shortest timeframe possible.
While the investigation is ongoing, the preliminary indication is that the issue stems from the failure of an axle bearing. Many of our vehicles have cleared inspection and safety certification by our partner and the City’s Chief Safety Officer and will return to service. However, the inspections so far have identified a handful of vehicles that will require further investigation. The total number of vehicles affected will only be known once the inspections are completed. These vehicles will be removed from the revenue service fleet until the component is replaced.
We are planning to progressively increase service this weekend while the investigation and work to resolve the issue continues. Our team is working closely and in constant contact with OC Transpo, and we remain focused and committed to safely returning to full service as soon as possible. We will continue to keep our riders and the community updated through our website.
Rideau Transit Group (RTG) is a consortium of Canadian and international companies with a proven track record for delivering global transportation projects. We are a Public-Private General Partnership between ACS Infrastructure Canada, EllisDon, and SNC-Lavalin.