An external expert chosen to examine the possible return to service of the LRT – .

An external expert chosen to examine the possible return to service of the LRT – .

The City of Ottawa has selected a large company in the North American rail industry to conduct an “independent and impartial review” of any plan to get LRT trains back to working order after Sunday’s derailment.
A train derailed on September 19 as it entered Tremblay station, then crossed a bridge on Riverside Drive with 12 passengers on board before stopping, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

No one was hurt.

However, the two-year-old Confederation Line is now out of service for up to three weeks, and replacement buses are carrying passengers in its place.

The incident occupied much of discussion in the transport committee on Monday, when chief transport officer John Manconi said the Rideau Transit Group consortium’s plans to resume service should get a second look from an expert. independent in security.

The transit commission then approved a motion from Chairman Allan Hubley to hire one.

On Friday afternoon, City Manager Steve Kanellakos released a memo saying the city had selected STV Inc., after consulting with Sam Berrada, the light rail regulatory controller and the council’s compliance officer.

“On the basis of the advice of Mr. Berrada, the city retained the services of STV to undertake the independent and impartial examination of the cause, the actions, the safety plan and the re-commissioning of line 1”, he wrote, noting that such technical advice is hard to remember.

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

Kanellakos said STV is due to arrive in Ottawa on September 27.

Left to right: Mayor Jim Watson, Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge and former RTG CEO Peter Lauch sit down for a nearly hour-long meeting on LRT handover in June 2019. Fine that not represented here, the director of strategy of STV also participated in this meeting. (Kate Porter/CBC)

Has a history with the Ottawa rail network

However, the company is no stranger to the City of Ottawa or its rail network.

When Rideau Transit Group was selected from among three bidders for the LRT Stage 1 contract award at a board meeting in December 2012, STV had developed the criteria for this purchase.

He was part of the preliminary engineering team called Capital Transit Partners, as well as the staff of Morrison Hershfield Ltd., Jacobs Associates Canada Ltd. and URS Canada Inc.

The city later gave Capital Transit Partners – at that time made up of STV, Aecom and Morrison Hershfield – the project management and preliminary engineering contract for the larger Stage 2 of the Ottawa LRT, currently under construction. .

STV was to provide subject matter experts to review specialist or technical activities, according to a 2019 document.

The firm’s former chief strategy officer was also in attendance in June 2019, when Mayor Jim Watson gathered several executives involved in the construction of the Confederation Line in his boardroom at town hall.

The LRT project had passed several handover deadlines by that time, and the mayor said STV was carrying out independent oversight of the project.


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