In the post above, The Bulldog talked about what the Rideau Transit Group said about its awarding of a $180-billion contract to Alstom for 30 years of light-rail maintenance.
The Bulldog asked the city to talk with someone who knew the light-rail project and was familiar with the Alston contract. Communications got your agent no one.
Photo above: The heritage wing of Ottawa City Hall.
As for a response to the question of “was the contract sole-sourced?”, communications sent along a bunch of jibberish. It’s a wad of words that doesn’t answer the question and says nothing. The residents of Ottawa are poorly served by this and it adds to the feeling of distrust of the municipal government.
Here is the city’s response:
The following response is sent on behalf of Steve Cripps, Director, RIO
As part of the $2.1 billion design-built-finance-maintain contract with Rideau Transit Group (RTG), Alstom will be supplying 34 light rail vehicles and maintaining the system.
http://www.alstom.com/press- centre/2013/2/alstom-to- provide-34-light-rail- vehicles-and-maintenance- services-for-ottawa-/
Rideau Transit Group, a world-class consortium, was announced as the successful proponent in December 2012. All contracts contained within the $2.1 billion project are negotiated and managed through the consortium.
Alstom maintenance responsibilities were expanded to include the tracks, the operating control system, the traction power substations and overhead catenary system, as well as the signalling and communications systems. A quote from Mayor Watson was included in the News Release that Alstom issued last week:
http://www.alstom.com/press- centre/2016/9/alstom-to- maintain-ottawas-light-rail- transit-system/
Regular updates on the O-Train Confederation Line light rail transit (LRT) project are available here: http://www.confederationline. ca/
The City of Ottawa should be embarrassed by this response and it shows a basic fear of telling the public what it should know about local municipal affairs.
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