Council approved an action plan, developed in response to OLRT Public Inquiry recommendations
This Action Plan incorporates all lessons learned and third-party reviews. The Public Inquiry made 103 recommendations, most directed at the City and its contractors, Rideau Transit Group and Rideau Transit Maintenance. The action plan lists each recommendation, the party responsible for leading the required change, actions being taken and current status.
All 103 recommendations are anticipated to be completed or substantially underway by the end of 2023. The status of each recommendation will be updated on octranspo.com as it is completed. Staff will provide two formal updates to the Light Rail Sub-Committee later in 2023.
Council approved establishing a processing centre in Ottawa for automated speed enforcement camera infractions.
Currently, infractions from Ottawa are processed through a City of Toronto processing centre, but the growth of speed camera programs in the province has compromised Toronto’s ability to process charges within 23 days, after which charges do not result in formal infractions. An Ottawa-based centre will ensure infractions are processed on time and bring in as much as $66 million – about four times more than if processing were done in Toronto, with the currently imposed processing cap of 250,000 infractions. Revenue from the infractions will support further road safety initiatives.
Council also received the 2021 and 2022 Lansdowne Annual Report.
Operationally, the last two years have been challenging for Lansdowne due to COVID-19. While attendance and revenues are rising, they remain below pre-pandemic levels. The updated 2022/2023 projections show a decrease to $326 million in waterfall distributions over the 40-year period. This is higher than projections from the outset of the project, but the City is still not anticipated to receive any distributions from the partnership over the 40-year term of the agreement as OSEG is not expected to recover all the equity it has contributed to date.