OC Transpo: Public session on route assessment starts

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Transit riders are having their chance Wednesday night to allow OC Transpo know what kind of bus provider they would like to see.

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Wednesday night is the 1st of a few in-person community consultations around the following two months. A fourth public consultation will be held practically. The transit support is examining all of its bus routes with the target of “optimizing routes.”

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The general public session is becoming held at the Ray Friel Complicated on 10th Line Road.

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“When we are wanting at any modify in a bus route, we are on the lookout at how extensive it takes to wander to the bus cease, how long a customer on ordinary has to hold out for the bus cease, how prolonged they are touring on the bus, how quite a few occasions they have to transfer in their vacation,” suggests Pat Scrimgeour, director of transit shopper techniques and planning.

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He suggests this is an early phase of the bus evaluate, and it is significant to hear from clients.

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“We are at the beginning of the method, so we really do not know where by this is likely to consider us simply because we are hearing from the shoppers now,” he claims. “We want people to come speak to us, and notify us what is important and let us question probing concerns. That is what is likely to manual the analytical portion later on on.”

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OC Transpo budgeted for ridership this 12 months to be 70 for every cent of pre-pandemic levels.

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In March, there have been 6 million passenger visits, but fare earnings was continue to extra than $1 million under funds.

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Scrimgeour states the support has taken a key hit with less federal public servants commuting to the downtown core.

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“We will need to be there to provide the persons who are travelling, but it might be that council asks us to conserve a very little shelling out, so we are also managing a route for folks who aren’t travelling,” he says.

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The provider is projecting a $39 million deficit this 12 months and have received no new funding from the provincial or federal governments.

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Some transit advocates are involved that this procedure could consequence in cuts to routes.

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“I really don’t see how you improve with out cutting,” says Kari Glynes Elliott with Ottawa Transit Riders. “This is not a business enterprise, this is a company. I would be very, incredibly nervous that somebody with a bit of a small business angle in the direction of transit would consider, very well, there are only a handful of individuals who have to have this bus, let’s slash it, when these men and women who will need it, definitely, definitely have to have it!”

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But some councillors in the east conclude are concerned that only a number of days’ observe was provided ahead of the community consultations and get worried people aren’t conscious and will not be ready go to.

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“Men and women want to get on transit but as of late, people today are not glad with it,” states Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney. “If we really do not have the appropriate consultations about what those routes are for 2024 when Stage 2 light rail opens up, it is heading to be a failure. I never want to go by means of that yet again I want profitable, engaged consultations and (a handful of times) detect to a local community is unacceptable.”

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Orléans East-Cumberland Coun. Matt Luloff suggests there requirements to be extra than just a few in-human being consultations.

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“I believe executing this above the study course of a couple of months, ensuring that we are offering ample option for people today of distinctive age groups to weigh in, potentially meeting individuals where they choose transit, perhaps at a bus prevent in the morning with a study and speedy chat.”

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Luloff claims his community is increasing and has a big quantity of federal public servants.

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“My ward is not really properly served by OC Transpo,” he suggests, introducing his ward desires much more, not much less bus routes.

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“People today want to be ready to get all around the community seniors and mothers and fathers require to be capable to get to appointments throughout the day. It is not just about feeding the LRT it is about getting all-around the group.”

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Below is wherever and when the open property conferences will be held:

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Wednesday, May 17

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    Ray Friel Recreation Intricate, 1585 10th Line Rd.
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    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, Might 23

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Wednesday, Might 24

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    Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave.
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    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Thursday, June 1

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    Metropolis Corridor, Champlain Space, 110 Laurier Ave. W.
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    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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