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Ottawa transit officers are keeping track of how effectively the town’s upcoming development season goes to gauge whether or not the handover for the Trillium Line light-rail growth might be delayed.

Mayor Jim Watson mentioned Tuesday following an replace on Stage 2 LRT development that TransitNEXT, the subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin tasked with extending the north-south rail line, will present the town with a clearer image of the handover timelines within the fourth quarter of 2021.

Officers had mentioned beforehand there might be an update on “schedule pressures” affecting the Trillium Line challenge at Tuesday’s finance committee assembly, however that replace by no means got here.

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TransitNEXT indicated to the town earlier this 12 months that it might be going through delays on the challenge within the realm of 40 days, in accordance with workers, however the metropolis mentioned on the time that it hasn’t accepted these setbacks.

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Talking to reporters after Wednesday’s transit fee assembly, OC Transpo head John Manconi mentioned it’s not one or two key variables contributing to the uncertainty, it’s the “complete challenge.”

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Trillium Line contractors are actually in the midst of the growth challenge, Manconi mentioned, and there’s loads of exercise occurring throughout the road even on weekends and evenings. Any attainable delays will doubtless be decided by how a lot work the crews are in a position to get performed through the longer days and heat climate within the upcoming months.

“The massive bulk is, the place do they land with development? It’s a giant season, nice climate and taking full benefit of the summer time and into the autumn,” he mentioned.

“We’re wanting on the complete challenge comprehensively. We need to deliver council a fulsome and correct replace on the finish of This autumn.”

The Trillium Line extension, which can join the system to Limebank Street and the Ottawa Worldwide Airport within the south, is deliberate for a handover in August 2022.

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Hopes of a partial reopening of the road if there’s a important development delay have been dampened on Tuesday.

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Watson had requested workers to look into reopening a part of the Trillium Line on schedule — restoring service to Carleton College, for instance, in time for the common return to courses in September.

However rail development director Michael Morgan instructed the finance committee on Tuesday {that a} “partial opening is probably going unimaginable” due to points within the northern part of the monitor. However once more, he mentioned that based mostly on how the upcoming development season goes, there is perhaps alternatives sooner or later to revisit the thought.

Morgan additionally mentioned there’s been a “slowdown” in deliveries of the brand new Alstom automobiles for the Stage 2 Confederation Line growth from the manufacturing amenities in Brampton, Ont.

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The town has up to now acquired 4 of the trains, with 4 extra present process closing testing, 16 in manufacturing and one other 14 awaiting manufacturing. General, deliveries are nonetheless on schedule for the east and west extension, Morgan mentioned.

The primary shipments from Switzerland of the seven Stadler trains wanted for the Trillium Line are nonetheless anticipated to start this fall.

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