From The Bulldog;
To Steve Cripps, director of O-Train construction.
We send you this note to clear up any confusion the City of Ottawa has in determining the target date for completion of the Confederation Line LRT.
We note that you said this week in an email sent through the city communications department: “The city is confident that Rideau Transit Group will meet its construction deadlines and is operational in 2018. A start date for the line will be determined when all of the systems have been fully tested and commissioned and we are confident it is safe and ready for customers to use.”
We know it has been a hectic and confusing time for the light-rail group given the gas-line breaks, falling cranes, sinkholes, fire and flood that have enveloped the project over its duration and extend into this week.
Accordingly the exact finish date might have been lost in this difficult time. The Bulldog writes to tell you that completion date set down by the city is May 7, 2018.
We know that with the life-threatening incidents that have occurred in the LRT construction that you will be taking special care that the line will be safe when it opens. You have said the line will open when all the required testing is completed. In other words, the completion date in your email essentially means that the line will be finished when it is finished.
The residents of the municipality and The Bulldog are confident that the city will complete the line on-time, on-budget and it will be safe at the target date agreed upon.
This completion date is May 7, 2018.
We trust this clears up any confusion you might have had.
We look forward to riding in the $2.3-billion project on May 8, 2018.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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