Bugs disrupting LRT service declining but no sure-fire date for stable train: OC Transpo

Two months after repeated service issues arose on Ottawa’s Confederation Line, the city says the number of incidents disrupting light-rail (LRT) service is on the decline, but the head of the public transit agency still can’t say when train service will be stable.

“I don’t have that answer for you, councillor,” OC Transpo boss John Manconi said when asked by Coun. Jeff Leiper on Tuesday when the persistent LRT issues will be fixed.

The City of Ottawa’s finance and economic development committee received an update on the LRT’s performance at city hall, a month after councillors learned that the four main technical issues plaguing train service since early October are the train doors, two computers and the rail switches.

The number of incidents causing LRT disruptions – particularly during the morning and afternoon rush hours – has been “trending downwards” since then, Manconi told councillors on Tuesday.

But, he said, stabilizing the $2.1-billion LRT line largely depends on diagnosing the root cause of the issues with the train control and monitoring system (TCMS) – one of the two computers that has been referred to as “the brain of the train.”

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