Stittsville Transit Forum June 12th

Do you take public transit in Stittsville? Do you have OPINIONS about public transit in Sttitsville?

The Ottawa Transit Riders are hosting a transit forum at the Stittsville Legion (1481 Stittsville Main Street) on Wednesday, June 12th at 7PM.

Come and talk about local issues - which buses are overcrowded, which ones are often late? What would make transit work better in Stittsville?

This is an opportunity to make your voices heard.

Register here so we know how many cookies to bring:

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End of Para Transpo Challenge

Today marks the end of the inaugural Para Transpo Challenge. A huge thank you to the Para Ambassadors who worked so hard making arrangements for city councillors to experience this essential service.

This challenge is more difficult than our unusual challenge as it requires coordination between Ambassadors and councillors. Kudos to all who participated.

Glen Gower (chair of the Transit Commission)

Marty Carr

Joel Harden (MPP for Ottawa Centre)

Renée Amilcar (General Manager of OC


Wilson Lo

Ariel Troster

Catherine Kitts

Steve Desroches

Stéphanie Plante

Matt Luloff

Theresa Kavanagh

Shawn Menard

Amanda Putz (CBC)

Jessica Bradley

Natalie Helmer (OC Transpo Customer Service)

Jason Ashton (Program Manager of OC Transpo)


We’ll ask everyone who took part to complete a survey and then we will post a report on “What we heard”.

Stay watching this space for more information - we’re not done yet!

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Sandy Hill Ecofair on June 1st

Members of Ottawa Transit Riders will be staffing a table at the Sandy Hill Eco Fair on Saturday, June 1st from 10Am to 3PM (Strathcona Park)

Come by and say “Hi!”

Sandy Hill EcoFair will feature exhibit tables presented by non-profit organizations and public agencies showcasing a variety of environmental topics and promoting opportunities for public involvement in environmental initiatives. The EcoFair is a not-for-profit, non-commercial event.

Des membres du groupe des usagers de transport en commun d'Ottawa tiendront une table à la écofoire de la Côte-de-Sable samedi, le 1e juin de 10 H à 15 H (Strathcona Park).

Venez nous rendre visite et dire « Bonjour ! »

L'EcoFair de la Côte de Sable comprendra des tables d'exposition présentées par des organisations à but non lucratif et des agences publiques qui mettront en valeur une variété de sujets environnementaux et encourageront la participation du public aux initiatives environnementales. L'EcoFair est un événement à but non lucratif et non commercial.

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Sally Thomas takes Renee Amilcar on Para

Written by Sally Thomas, Para Ambassador

As part of Ottawa Transit Riders’ Para Transpo Challenge, I reached out to General Manager of Transit Service Renée Amilcar and her team. After some negotiations we decided to meet at City Hall on May 7. Initially, Mme Amilcar asked if her whole team could accompany us on the trip. I politely explained that there are several ambassadors involved in the initiative and her team was invited to reach out to others individually.

Blessed with good weather, I wheeled to City Hall to meet with Jason Ashton, Program Manager of OC Transpo ahead of our ride. Jason is new to the position and did not attend our meeting in the fall. We had a good conversation about what our needs are and what his role would be in working with us.

It took us almost a full hour from our pickup time to when we were dropped off, to go from City Hall to St. Laurent Shopping Centre. Renée joined us only two minutes before our scheduled pickup time and shortly thereafter shared with us that she had to be back at City Hall for a 4:00 meeting; news to both Jason and me, as she had initially cleared her afternoon. After 10 minutes of waiting, Renée wanted to know where the bus was. Took the opportunity to point out that according to their own metrics, Para is not even late until they are thirty minutes past your pickup time. We got one of the newer drivers and had a pickup on the way to our destination. We spent eight minutes looking for the other customer. Renée pointed out the obvious that waiting for people for that long isn’t fair to customers and slows the service down. Once on the bus, the other passenger eventually figured out who Renée was and brought up many other issues for her as someone with a visual impairment. I do not know what they were because they spoke in French.

Our bus on the way back was more than 30 minutes late, which gave us time to discuss the ParaParity needs more broadly. Not surprisingly, Renée was non-committal on anything, but agreed that Para users should have the flexibility of booking rides based on when they want to arrive at their destination and not just when they want to leave. She also related that in Montreal, their system gives people a 10-minute warning that their rides are on the way. That should decrease the times people are not ready and waiting.

I got a lot more commitment from Jason than I did Renée herself. I look forward to keeping in touch with him. 

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More city councillors taking Para Transpo Challenge

Who ELSE has taken the 2024 Para Transpo Challenge?

More and more city councillors are taking the challenge. We are pleased to see Ariel Troster, Catherine Kitts, Steve Desroches participating.

Still one more week for the mayor and city councillors to participate in our challenge.

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Problems at St Laurent station

As many people have heard, St Laurent station was closed for a few days due to concern about the roofing tiles. The station has since re-opened.

Here are some recent articles about the situation:

Water infiltration in St. Laurent tunnel prompted closure for investigation, repairs

Evidence of corrosion and concrete delamination in St. Laurent O-Train tunnel: Amilcar

OC Transpo still can't say what's causing the leaks plaguing LRT stations

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Updates on Para Transpo Challenge

This year, the Ottawa Transit Riders is trying something new for our transit challenge – we’re calling on all city councillors and senior OC Transpo executives to take a ride on Para Transpo with an Ambassador.

Media are welcome too!

This week, Para Ambassador (and disability rights advocate) Terrie Meehan took CBC journalist Amanda Putz on Para Transpo. Their interview can be heard here:

Kudos to Glen Gower and Marty Carr who have taken multiple trips!

We are also very pleased that OC Transpo manager Renée Amilcar participated.

So far, these people have participated:

Glen Gower

Marty Carr

Joel Harden

Renée Amilcar

Wilson Lo

Don’t see your city councillor here? Drop them an email to remind them that they should take advantage of this opportunity to learn more abut Para Transpo.

Mayor and City Councillors | City of Ottawa



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Upcoming events


Would you like to meet members of the Ottawa Transit Riders in person? Would you like to help staff a table at one of our events and talk about transit (that’s always fun!).


Here is a list of upcoming events where we will have a table. Please swing by to say “hello”.


June 1st

Sandy Hill Eco Fair

June 29th

Main Market (Grande Allee Park)

July 21st

Barrhaven market

July 28th

Lansdowne market

August 17th

Westboro market


New dates and events will be added as we confirm.


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OC Transpo offers early morning start for Marathon

You may remember that last year, participants and spectators of the Ottawa Marathon were rather shocked that the LRT did not start operating until 8am, a full hour after the race began. This meant that people were forced to use other means to get around, on a day when traffic is horrific.

We always like to give credit where credit is due so let’s acknowledge that OC Transpo learned a valuable lesson from the criticism.

This year, the LRT will start in plenty of time to give people the option of taking public transit to the race.

Ottawa LRT Line 1 service starting early on Ottawa Marathon day

Whether you attend the Marathon or not, you can breath a sigh of relief at this decision to encourage people to leave their cars at home on a day that is legendary for traffic woes.


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Transit Advisory Working Group

Do you remember the city recruiting volunteers for its transit advisory board? We promoted it on our website hoping that some passionate transit advocates would be selected.

Well, we still don’t know who was selected, but many members of the Ottawa Transit Riders, including board members and advocates for Para Transpo received rejection letters this week. It seems that the city does not want people who speak up about transit – they are likely looking for yes-men (yes-people?).

Democracy is about more than voting every few years – it’s a system where ordinary citizens can express opinions and advocate for their causes.

It’s frustrating that city council sees people who care about the city as adversaries, rather than as allies.

Citizen representatives get boot from transit commission

Vous souvenez-vous que la ville a recruté des bénévoles pour son comité consultatif sur les transports en commun ? Nous en avons fait la promotion sur notre site Web en espérant que des défenseurs passionnés du transport en commun seraient sélectionnés.

Nous ne savons toujours pas qui a été choisi, mais de nombreux membres du groupe des usagers de transport en commun d'Ottawa, y compris des membres du conseil d'administration et des défenseurs de Para Transpo, ont reçu des lettres de refus cette semaine. Il semble que la ville ne veuille pas de personnes qui s'expriment sur le transport en commun - elle cherche plutôt des béni-oui-oui.

La démocratie, c'est plus qu'un simple vote à quelques années d'intervalle - c'est un système dans lequel les citoyens ordinaires peuvent exprimer leurs opinions et défendre leurs causes.

Il est frustrant que le conseil municipal considère les personnes qui s'intéressent à la ville comme des adversaires plutôt que comme des alliés.





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