The City of Edmonton has taken the next step to resolve the Metro Line situation by moving ahead with an alternative signalling plan.
The City is in the process of hiring contractors to install, as early as this fall, an alternative signalling plan that could take the place of the Thales Canada Inc. system if it is not completed or validated.
Thales committed to completing work by December 4, 2018 after the City issued it with a Notice of Default this spring. If Thales meets its deadline, the City can then begin the process of testing and validating the Thales signalling system. It will likely take months to test the Thales system before it can be put into service.
“We continue to work with Thales as they progress towards their December deadline,” said Adam Laughlin, Deputy City Manager, Integrated Infrastructure Services. “However, we need to be prepared if Thales is unsuccessful. The alternative signalling plan provides that solution.”
The Metro Line opened to public service with operating restrictions on September 6, 2015 and has more than 34,000 weekday boardings.