City staff is concerned about the Crosstown LRT project

Clarity needed on the status of Crosstown LRT project

City staff is concerned with what’s become of the $3 billion Crosstown LRT project.

Mayor Mike Armstrong says City staff members have repeatedly told him it’s not as though the project is going well.

“No it’s not,” Armstrong said.

“We’ve had people from the project tell me it’s not happening, and I said, ‘Well it’s not going well, it’s on track, I’m not concerned. I am telling you, City staff, if you would have told me two years ago that it was going to happen, I would have been very concerned, like most people are, but it’s not going well.”

Armstrong said he has talked to staff about the potential of a ‘bureaucratic error’ that could derail the project, and it appears not to be playing out.

“We have some concerns about this whole project,” said Armstrong. “It’s a very complicated project, and we’ve had one thing after another, one development after another that is coming forward. I don’t know if they are serious people down there, but there is a lot of construction going on.”

But Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 1 councillor, said he is happy with where the mayor said the project is at, and that he’s pleased with where the administration is today. He’s also happy with how staff is using information they have, and with their ability to find a resolution to the ongoing issues with the project.

“They’ve been working hard on the project, they’ve been working hard on the city’s share,” said Mihevc. “It’s been a very good relationship on both sides. The city’s share, the city’s contribution to the project has been on a very strong trajectory.”

Mihevc said he’s not worried about any bureaucratic error in the project.

“The staff’s done a job to date and I don’t think they should have another one. They have been working hard to date, they

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