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Ottawa city councillor wants to know cost of scrapping 30-year RTM contract

The motion from Gloucester-Southgate Ward's Diane Deans was one of four put forward by councillors regarding the city's light rail service.
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Rideau Transit Maintenance crews investigate derailed O-Train, September 20, 2021. Ryan Lowe/ CityNews

Four motions are being tabled by Ottawa city councillors, demanding answers to problems with the city's light rail system.

Following last Sunday's derailment, which has brought all light rail services to a halt, Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Lieper is asking that Ottawa's Transit Commission meet bi-weekly until all LRT problems are resolved.

Somerset Ward City Councillor Catherine McKenney wants the Ontario Superior Court to appoint a judge to hold a judicial review of the entire LRT procurement process, dating back nearly a decade.

Glocuester-Southgate Ward's Diane Deans wants city staff to report on the cost of scrapping the entire 30-year Rideau Transit Maintenance contract.

And Transit Commission Chair Allan Hubley tabled a motion for free transit in the month of December.

All of these motions were put forth at a city council meeting on Wednesday, September 22, and will be discussed by council at its next meeting on October 13.


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