This is a slightly political message, but it’s worth posting since the recent bus route changes are of local concern. Problems with the new routes (such as not fully connecting across downtown Ottawa) have lead to this survey to get feedback to present to municipal candidates, and to the formation of the Ottawa Transit Riders’ Group. The group has an online presence at https://www.facebook.com/OttawaTransitRiders/ and https://twitter.com/OttTransitRider.
P.S. This is an external third party survey; the CPCA doesn’t have anything to do with it.
From: “Stephen St. Denis” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: September 16, 2018 at 8:46 PM
Subject: OC Transpo Changes for Better or Worse?
My fellow Ottawa residents,
I am very concerned about over 100 recent route changes, including Route 11, the reduction of 170 to 180 buses and the safe and orderly transfer of riders from the LRT to buses especially during peak periods. OC Transpo is making changes on an unprecedented level with little public consultation.
Plans such as making riders take the LRT for one stop leaves me with the question “Who’s minding the store”? Where is the oversight? For me, public transit is a key issue of the election. I encourage you to read the background materials, Riders get the Cold Shoulder and Impact of Route 11 Changes
I have developed a short survey The survey will end September 30 so that there is sufficient time to present the findings to the candidates. Results can be made available by contacting me after the survey has ended. It is hoped that this will stimulate a dialog about public transit with candidates either at all-candidate meetings or at your front door.
The success of this survey depends on you spreading the word about the survey by forwarding this to your clients, members, friends, family, etc. I believe that everyone in this city is affected by public transit, either directly or indirectly.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Stephen St. Denis
Ottawa Transit Riders’ Group