This is a release from the City of Ottawa:
Mayor Watson, Members of Council and the Transit Commission,
- Take the steps necessary to restore the Ottawa River Line, including the Prince of Wales Bridge, to a point where it could be made operable within 12 months of a decision by the CTA to grant running rights to another railway to operate over that line; or,
- Take the steps necessary to discontinue the Ottawa River Line, under the Canada Transportation Act.
The CTA has directed the City to deliver its decision to it on these options, as well as how it intends to comply with the Order, by Monday, April 30th, 2018.
Given the considerable costs associated with returning the line and the Prince of Wales Bridge to a state where trains could operate over it within a period of 12 months, and in the absence of a request from any currently viable railway operation, Legal Services, in consultation with the Transportation Services Department and its external rail experts, will be reviewing the decision over the coming days. That review is intended to inform a recommendation as to the next steps to be taken in this matter, which may include a request for judicial review.
I will provide a further update once the assessment is complete.
Rick O’Connor, CMO | OMA
Certified Specialist (Municipal Law: Local Government)
Spécialiste agréé (Loi sur les municipalités: gouvernement local)
City Clerk and Solicitor
When one thinks of the cost of building a new link between Gatineau and Ottawa, it is astounding that the city is not taking advantage of the Prince of Wales Bridge … just sitting there, ready to be used.
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