Artist’s rendering of a finished St-Laurent Station. (via ligneconfederationline.ca)
“Third time was not the charm,” says CBC Ottawa.
“LRT builder nets unflattering hat trick,” the Ottawa Citizen added.
LRT builder Rideau Transit Group, or RTG, confirmed on Tuesday that it will miss the March 31 deadline to have the $2.1-billion Confederation Line over to the City of Ottawa. That would be the third time it’s missed such a deadline — the others were May 24 and Nov. 2 of last year.
You can read the full stories on CBC Ottawa and the Ottawa Citizen. But first check out these awesome tweets from Joanne Chianello, CBC’s city affairs analyst, over the course of the city’s finance and economic development committee meeting on Tuesday. Yesterday she had a blockbuster report that foreshadowed today’s news: ‘Unreliable’ LRT trains can’t handle Ottawa winters, internal reports reveal.
According to Alstom: "Ottawa will be the first North American city in which the Citadis Spirit will operate." That's the statement sent to me from Alstom. #ottnews— Joanne Chianello (@jchianello) March 5, 2019
Manconi says that trains are not run from end-to-end because THEY MEANT TO DO THAT. But I hear that the comms system failed last night in the middle of the track.....#ottnews— Joanne Chianello (@jchianello) March 5, 2019
I emailed the city's media office first thing Friday morning, clearly stating the information I had -- including the most damning quote - asking for city comment. Later that day, I interviewed Michael Morgan. So sr. staff knew about my story days before it was published. #ottnews— Joanne Chianello (@jchianello) March 5, 2019
I think I know the "media" that obtained this report! I cannot believe that city manager says he'd like to see the report. It would be very easy to obtain. https://t.co/HUNzOSDHKj— Joanne Chianello (@jchianello) March 5, 2019
And with that, we nominate Chianello for Ottawa Tweets of the Day.