Rethinking Ottawas Transit System

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1808 ... April 18, 2019

Rethinking Ottawa’s Transit System:
A bold proposal for free transit in a city designed for cars

Julia Szwarc

During the week of February 4-10, Free Transit Ottawa challenged Ottawa’s City Councillors and Mayor to take the Transit Week Challenge. The idea was simple: To get the people who make decisions about public transit to experience the system firsthand. To the surprise of the organizers, the majority of Council chose to participate. Some, such as Shawn Menard, Laura Dudas, and Theresa Kavanagh, enthusiastically took the challenge.

Allan Hubley and Jean Cloutier, Chair and Vice Chair of the Transit Committee respectively, were initially unresponsive but eventually succumbed to the public pressure demanding that they take part. Others, such as Mayor Jim Watson and Barrhaven Councillor Jan... Harder, turned the challenge down, citing their busy schedules as prohibiting them from taking transit during the week.

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