Stage 1 Confederation Line Project Update
Over the course of Q2 2019, significant progress has been made towards the completion of all Confederation Line stations. As noted previously, Building Occupancy Permits with minor conditions have been issued for all stations by Building Codes Services (BCS). Rideau Transit Group (RTG) will arrange for a BCS inspection to confirm that the conditions of the occupancy Permits have been corrected prior to the station opening for public use. Final installation of the public art project at Tunney’s Pasture Station is expected by the end of August, and completion of minor deficiencies work will continue.
Work on the Confederation Line guideway is substantially complete. Some additional track work was initiated at the end of Q2 in response to hot weather conditions. Minor deficiency works will be ongoing in Q3 2019
Multi-Use Pathways (MUP), Cycling Lanes and Roadway Re-instatements
The MUPs, installed as part of the Confederation Line project, are now substantially complete and open for use. Completion of minor deficiencies is expected in Q3 2019. The Waller Street reinstatement work, including final asphalt and landscaping, is expected to be completed by September 2019. The connection to Nicholas Street will be completed following the start of revenue service.
Systems, Vehicle, Testing and Commissioning
• The train control system end-to-end integration is complete, including the successful deployment of the updated train control software, and the issuance of a safety certificate. Some minor work in this area is planned prior to RSA;
• The testing of communication systems is complete, with minor deficiency work underway;
• System integration tests are complete for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system with minor deficiency work underway; and,
• Vehicle assembly is complete with minor retrofits being finalized across the fleet.
Preparations for Operations
• The Independent Safety Auditor is reviewing documentation to confirm that safety requirements will be met at Revenue Service Availability (RSA);
• Safety and security requirement resolution and closure is nearing completion;
• On the job development and training for Controllers is nearing completion;
• Training for Electric Rail Operators (ERO) is nearing completion;
• Operational familiarisation tours for operations staff continues; and,
• The maintenance team is finalising training and procedures.
Key Activities to Monitor
The following items are required to achieve system operationalization:
- 12 days of Trial Running – successful demonstration of performance;
- Revenue Service Availability (RSA); and,
- Launch of train service.
Path to Revenue Service Availability
As noted in the Memo to Council, RTG achieved Substantial Completion on July 27, 2019, and Trial Running started the week of July 29, 2019. RTG provided an updated RSA date of August 16, 2019 at the July 10, 2019 Finance and Economic Development Committee meeting.
Following RSA and handover to the City, staff will need to undertake the operational readiness activities required to ensure that the Confederation Line seamlessly integrates into the OC Transpo network prior to opening day, including additional City-led system practice, simulated system operations and final staff training. It is expected that Confederation Line service would be launched within one month of RTG achieving the RSA date. The City anticipates that operations of the Confederation Line will begin in September 2019.
Stage 2 LRT Project Update
Upon reaching financial and commercial close earlier this spring, TransitNEXT and East West Connectors (EWC) have started to mobilize along their respective alignments to commence preparatory activities such as geotechnical investigations, silt fence installation, site office mobilization, and pre-construction surveys.
The Rail Construction Program will continue to work with City Councillors to advise where work is underway and provide public notification as appropriate.