So what’s next for angry transit riders while the organizing committee works on bylaws?
Well, the city is conducting budget consultations around the city. People can attend their own councillor’s meeting and push for transit issues.
Personally, I attended the Vanier consultation and I emphasized the following:
- There should be a freeze on transit fares
- OC Transpo should be more transparent about how the LRT is affecting current bus operations – are they siphoning money meant for operations to the cost overruns? Or did they count their chickens before they hatched and cut operations in anticipation of LRT? Either way, the city should ensure that OC Transpo has enough money to maintain the bus system.
- The city should show some leadership on combatting climate change – they could start by charging more for parking and ride-hailing services and re-investing such user fees in transit (and biking).
Here’s a list of meetings: https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/councillor-led-public-consultation-meeting-dates