The City’s Light Rail Sub-Committee today received the action plan in response to the OLRT Public Inquiry recommendations and recommended that it be approved by Council. The action plan also incorporates all the other 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, who is responsible for leading the required change, the actions being taken, and the current status.
The City is committed to addressing all inquiry recommendations and improving the customer experience on the LRT through enhanced reliability. Thirty-six recommendations have already been completed or incorporated into policies for future implementation. The remainder are in progress and anticipated to be completed by the end of 2023. Progress on the recommendations will be shared on OC Transpo’s Commitment to Transparency web page. The status of each recommendation will be updated as it is completed. Staff will provide two formal updates to the Light Rail Sub-Committee later this year.
While the recommendations concern Ottawa’s O-Train Line 1, the action plan is a City-wide initiative involving multiple departments. Lessons learned will continue to be applied to both current and future LRT projects, as well as other major infrastructure projects undertaken by the City.
As a Member of the LRT Sub-Committee, I asked questions today in regard to the public inquiry recommendations and the importance of having a strong transit system. I reminded the committee that residents of Bay Ward are currently enduring construction noise and inconvenience daily. We need to see an excellent system at the end of this construction so it is important that the LRT Public Inquiry recommendations are addressed and resolved in Stage 1 and Stage 2 sections.
Recommendations from today’s meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, May 10.