We want to highlight some recent articles on public transit.
First is an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen by Bay Ward Councillor Theresa Kavanagh who argues that we need to re-consider our funding model for public transit. This crisis has shown that public transit is an essential service that needs to operate for transit dependent residents even when ridership declines.
It makes no sense to rely on fares for an essential service, especially if low ridership encourages politicians to raise fares on the people who can least afford it.
Councillor Kavanagh proposes Federal support for public transit services and we agree. The Ottawa Transit Riders is participating in a pan-Canadian campaign called #KeepTransitMoving that advocates for Federal support for public transit across the country.
Click here for more information on the Keep Transit Moving campaign.
And here is a great article on how OC Transpo’s failure affects real people. One of the interviewees is Sally Thomas, board member of the Ottawa Transit Riders. There is also a second article about OC Transpo needing to idle its buses in cold weather that should give anyone who cares about the environment conniption fits.
On November 18th, the Transit Commission voted to increase fares. Here’s an article from CBC on the vote and its implications.