Each day seems to bring more bleak transit news. For all its promise, Ottawa’s new light rail system has been plagued with serious problems – from strange smells in stations, to flat wheels on trains, to technical glitches made worse by rain and snow. And these problems point to deeper issues – a lack of transparency, eroding public trust and risks for the future of our transit system.
Despite these challenges, it’s clear we must get transit right – to function as a city and to respond to the climate emergency. Join us on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. for a public discussion on the theme, “What should Ottawa do for better transit?”
This public panel – co-organized with Ottawa Transit Riders, Free Transit Ottawa, and Healthy Transportation Coalition – will set out the path for great transit in our city. We’ll explore ideas like free transit, better access for pedestrians and cyclists, and a more inclusive transit system.
This event will also mark the launch the 2020 Ottawa Transit Challenge, organized by Ottawa Transit Riders. The mayor, councillors, staff and supporters are asked to commit to riding the bus, train, or Para Transpo for seven days, from February 17 to 23. The goal is to provide city decision-makers and the public with direct information on the state of our transit system. If you’d like to participate, sign up here!
See you at the panel!