Bridge re­pairs to take three years

City in hot wa­ter with fed­eral agency af­ter track ripped up Ot­tawa

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Ottawa - Kieran De­la­m­ont

The work re­quired to re­pair the Prince of Wales Bridge such that it could be used to pro­vide train ser­vice be­tween Ot­tawa and Gatineau at some point in the fu­ture, would take at least three years, said the city in a letter to the Cana­dian Trans­port Agency on Fri­day.

The city noted, how­ever, that it is mak­ing no firm com­mit­ments as to when they would be mov­ing for­ward with re­pair­ing the bridge, or whether they were even plan­ning on do­ing so at all.

While the city’s transit mas­ter plan does iden­tify plans to pro­vide train ser­vice north to Gatineau af­ter 2031, city clerk Rick O’con­nor wrote in a letter to the CTA that “the City wishes to be very clear in con­firm­ing that it is not pro­vid­ing any as­sur­ances, rep­re­sen­ta­tions or com­mit­ments of any kind re­gard­ing its abil­ity to meet, or ac­com­mo­date, these time­lines.”

The CTA has been af­ter the city af­ter it ripped up about 240 me­tres of rail line around Bayview Sta­tion to make way for the LRT.

The CTA was tipped off to the re­moval by a com­plaint f r o m t h e Moose Con­sor­tium — a company that has an am­bi­tious plan to op­er­ate a 400-km, pay-what-youwant re­gional rail net­work — that the city did not fol­low proper dis­con­tin­u­ance rules when re­mov­ing the track.

The city has not weighed in openly about the Moose Rail pro­posal, but in a memo sent to coun­cil on Fri­day, OC Transpo GM John Man­coni said that “if an­other agency or or­ga­ni­za­tion were to de­cide to pro­vide train ser­vice from Gatineau to Bayview Sta­tion, the City an­tic­i­pates work­ing in a co­or­di­nated and con­sul­ta­tive man­ner with that agency or or­ga­ni­za­tion to pro­vide ac­cess to the rail­way line on the Prince of Wales Bridge.”

Given Moose’s role in the en­tire rail im­broglio un­fold­ing be­tween Bayview Sta­tion and the bridge, it ap­pears that the city is not (at least for now) dis­miss­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of the Moose Rail net­work. Moose’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Joseph Potvin said that the company was aware of the memo, but would be re­frain­ing from com­ment un­til af­ter its weekly meet­ing.

Michelle Nash Baker/metroland

the Prince of Wales Bridge, link­ing Ot­tawa and Gatineau, was pur­chased by the city in 2005.

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