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Candidate Kasia Adamiec

I certainly think that transit cash fares are too high for our city, we have one of the most expensive fares in North America. I would be in support of freezing the fares and looking at increasing the transit levy to have more money flow back to OC Transpo so we can improve local transit routes, making our commutes more efficient and more reliable. I've heard from many residents who are car reliant that would take transit if they could get more value in the service which means not having a bus route from Ward 13 take 40 mins to get downtown when it's only a 5km trip. Many parts of Ward 13 aren't well services by the coming LRT service, so ensuring we have frequent and reliable local routes is vital if we want more urban residents using public transit.

If the motion passes at the transportation committee and makes its way over to the council table I certainly would be in support of having elected officials have more say in local routes. The core job of a councillor is to listen to the communities needs and if city staff are listening then my job to be the megaphone in the room and advocate for what's best for our community.

My husband and I both commute by bike in the warmer seasons and I certainly support more sustainable and eco-friendly transportation options like cycling. I am certainly in favour of more bike lanes, but the bike lanes need better planning oversight when being built. We NEED to ensure we are building bikes that connect us to existing bike lane paths. St. Laurent north of Montreal Rd up to Hemlock have new bike lanes but they just suddenly just stop and don't connect you to either the Aviation Parkway or the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway. My opinion on clearing snow in bike lanes is this: If we invest the money into building the lanes then we need to invest the money in keeping them maintained.

Website is here: https://votekasia.ca/

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Candidate Sheila Perry

1)      What is your opinion on transit fees? Are you in favour of increased fees, freezing fares, or reducing fares?

Transit fees should be frozen. We need increased ridership to support the new LRT and decrease congestion on roads.

2)      Are you aware that a member of the Transit Commission has proposed removing ‘delegated authority’ from OC Transpo so that elected officials have some say over routes? If elected, will you support this motion?

Yes, I am aware of the proposed delegated authority. While it sounds good on the surface, I’d worry about this. I think the rural and suburban councillors would form a block to reduce urban service in favour of express routes from suburbs.

3)      What is your opinion on bike paths? Are you in favour of more bike paths, of allocating funds to clear them in winter?

We need more bike paths, especially connecting existing ones for safety. Yes to winter clearing of major ones. As a cyclist, I witness that snow piled on those paths stays way past when biking is reasonable for most people who bike non-winter. At the least, all paths should have been cleared by now.  The routine for clearing is something that I have been working on here in Overbrook especially the Hurdman corridor.  Our FCA has worked closely on these issues with you and I look forward to keeping this momentum as your city councillor for Ward 13!

 

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Candidate Maurice Lamirande

  • What is your opinion on transit fees? Are you in favour of increased fees, freezing fares, or reducing fares?

My view is to reduce the fee for seniors and students.

  • Are you aware that a member of the Transit Commission has proposed removing ‘delegated authority’ from OC Transpo so that elected officials have some say over routes? If elected, will you support this motion?

Answer is yes.

  • What is your opinion on bike paths? Are you in favour of more bike paths, of allocating funds to clear them in winter?

I believe that we have enough bike paths and the one that we have should be maintained. But I think that we should be careful about more bike paths.

His website: http://mauricelamirande.com/en/

 

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Candidate Miklos Horvath

Transportation is one of my key priorities. Below are my responses to your questions.

1).   What is your opinion on transit fees? Are you in favour of increased fees, freezing fares, or reducing fares?

Transit fares should be frozen at a minimum, and preferably reduced to be in line with other cities such as:

Toronto: Adult - 3.25; student (13-19)/65+: 2.10

Montreal: Adult - 3.25; Student (6-17)/65+: 2.25

Winnipeg: Adult - 2.95; Student (6-16)/65+: 2.45

Cash fares.

Ottawa: Adult - 3.50; Student (13-19) 3.50; Senior: 2.65; Children (6-12)1.80

 

Students should have reduced fares and preferably no fees (free travel). There should be a review of fares and we should try to allow seniors to us the service for free during off peak times. As you may be aware, seniors have free transit in the UK after 65!

 

2)      Are you aware that a member of the Transit Commission has proposed removing ‘delegated authority’ from OC Transpo so that elected officials have some say over routes? If elected, will you support this motion?

Yes, I would certainly support this motion as unfortunately, OC Transpo is rapidly losing the confidence of its riders.

3)      What is your opinion on bike paths? Are you in favour of more bike paths, of allocating funds to clear them in winter?

I support “vision zero” the segregation of traffic, bike lanes and sidewalks. Although, I do believe that some of the current cycle paths have not been installed on the correct streets. As Ottawa is still fairly immature in its transit infrastructure, we need to be cognizant that we do not impede traffic on key roadways. I say this because we have not yet hit our tipping point where a sufficient number of people are using the transit system, this is due to poor service. Once we are able to improve the reliability of the system and have increased ridership, we would then be able to reduce some car lanes with bike lanes. In the meantime, we should use secondary routes and ensure the paths are of a high quality. So yes, more bike paths.

Additionally funds to clear bike paths in winter? I would support this initiative, but with limited funds, I believe that we must get the cleaning of sidewalks right first. It’s is ultimately a cost benefit analysis, in that there seem to be very few people riding in the depths of winter and many pedestrians struggle to stay upright on the sidewalks as they make their way to their bus stop.

I would prefer to support the “Swedish model” of clearing the sidewalks first after a snowfall. Right now, I believe it is fifth in the priority list.

 

Website: https://www.votehorvath.ca/


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