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Transit operations director appears before LRT inquiry

Public hearings will be held at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, in the Ian G. Scott Courtroom until July 8.
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Troy Charter, the City of Ottawa's director of transit services and rail operations, appeared before the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Public Inquiry into the city's light rail transit (LRT) on July 5. 

During Stage 1 of the LRT system launch, it faced several challenges, including breakdowns and two derailments. 

Charter said challenges with the LRT system were anticipated, but not the extent he witnessed, which including sinkholes, derailments and delays. 

Charter said while he was not involved with the substantial completion of the project, he said his focus was on the system's ongoing operations and maintenance. 

Charter said there were some good days but some bad days as well, with an ongoing focus of tracking reliability issues and maintenance. He said if something important was not being done for the safety and reliability of the system, he would have asked to delay the launch of the system. 

Public hearings will be held at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, in the Ian G. Scott Courtroom until July 8.

The inquiry, led by Justice William Hourigan, is mandated to investigate circumstances that led to Stage 1 breakdowns and derailments. It will look at the decisions and actions in the procurement approach the City of Ottawa took for Stage 1, the decision to select the Rideau Transit Group (RTG) to build the system and awarding the contract.  

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