A train on the The Confederation Line LRT system near Lees Station in Ottawa on July 29, 2019.
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It doesn’t look good for the 12 days of mandatory testing for the Confederation Line LRT.According to sources not authorized to speak publicly about the trial, the testing will need to extend past Friday, which was the 12th day of the critical testing period.In fact, the testing might already have been hampered by minor problems early in the 12-day trial, throwing the timeline off track. It became obvious to city bosses overseeing the transit project that the trial would likely need to be extended.Now, the Rideau Transit Group risks missing its Aug. 16 handover to the city, which means a September launch of the $2.1-billion transit line could be in question.The 12-day trial started on July 29 after RTG achieved the substantial completion of construction on July 27.RTG needs to run 12 consecutive days of full service before handing over the LRT system to the city and achieving “revenue service availability.” That milestone comes with a $202.3-million payment to RTG.The city is also in a position to penalize RTG another $1 million for missing the Aug. 16 handover, if the company does, indeed, miss that deadline.The city applied $1-million penalties for each of the missed deadlines on May 24, 2018, Nov. 2, 2018 and March 31, 2019.During the 12-day trial, if there was a major problem identified during testing, the clock was to be reset to Day 1. Minor deficiencies are allowed and they wouldn’t require a full reset of the clock.City council had not been updated on the status of the 12-day trial as of early Friday email@example.com/JonathanWillingALSO IN THE NEWS: One dead in collision on Peter Robinson Road in rural west end Ottawa police seize three handguns in two traffic stopsSpeed freaks: Two-shift blitz nets eight stunt drivers, 132 charges