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Independent safety firm arriving in Ottawa to examine LRT derailment, return-to-service plan

City Manager Steve Kanellakos said the technical expertise for this type of work is unique and challenging to retain.
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Rideau Transit Maintenance crews investigate derailed O-Train, September 20, 2021. Ryan Lowe/ CityNews

The City of Ottawa has retained independent safety firm STV to help get its light rail system back up and running as soon as possible.

STV is a North American professional firm with more than 40 years of experience in the rail transportation industry, with specialists in operations planning, vehicle technology, design and construction management.

City Council’s Light Rail Regulatory Monitor and Compliance Officer Sam Berrada was tasked with identifying an independent firm for the job at Monday's Transit Commission meeting after a train derailment on Sunday, September 19.

City Manager Steve Kanellakos said in a memo on Friday, September 24, that the technical expertise for this type of work is unique and challenging to retain.

STV will undertake an independent and impartial review of the cause, actions, safety plan and return to service for Line 1. 

STV's crew is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa on Monday, September 27. After a preliminary assessment, city councillors and the Transit Commission are expected to be provided with an overview of STV’s work plan and anticipated timelines for the completion of the independent safety review.

Kanellakos said the city continues to work with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) and Rideau Transit Group (RTG) to determine the root cause of the latest derailment. 

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