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Ottawa commission plays numbers game in light rail investigation

ByChad J. Johnson

May 26, 2022

Written by Bill Wilson, editor

A commission wants 40 people to testify about service interruptions and derailments on the Confederation Line in Ottawa.

Christof Spieler

One million up to 10,000 up to a certain number of critical responses.

This is the goal of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Commission when it comes to uncovering the causes of service disruptions and derailments on Ottawa’s Confederation Line. The commission was set up last fall at the request of Ottawa City Council, which voted in favor of an audit of service problems and derailments.

On May 25, Judge William Hourigan said in a town hall meeting that the commission is there to serve the public. He said the group had collected 1 million documents and whittled that down to 10,000 that were needed for the investigation. Ninety witnesses were heard, and 40 were called to testify during the public hearings which will begin on June 13.

The derailments happened late last summer, with the second occurring with multiple passengers on board, resulting in a nearly two-month outage. The Transportation Safety Board said the cause of the derailment was due to incomplete maintenance. A bolt has not been properly tightened.

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