Ottawa Bus Riders Await Their Fate


To everyone who wrote letters, sent emails, made phone calls, made presentations, and attended the public consultations, thank you for making your voice heard. Special thanks to the City of Ottawa Accessibility Advisory Committee for hosting a Special Meeting and providing a forum for the expression of concern for unique situations and citizens with disabilities in our community.

Click on the image to go to the full City of Ottawa report

Click on the image to go to the full City of Ottawa report

This is a release from Transit Commission chairwoman Diane Deans at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday morning:

Diane Deans, Chair of Transit Commission and Staff will present the OC Transpo Network Optimization Report Revised Recommendations

“We listened to our residents and significant changes have been made.”

Today, April 13, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at City Hall, OC Transpo Staff will be providing a technical briefing of the OC Transpo Network Optimization revised recommendations.

Council approved the 2011 Budget and directed Transit Services to achieve $22 M in annualized savings. Following five city-wide consultation sessions, community meetings, e-mails, comment forms, telephone calls, petitions and staff comments, significant revisions to the initial network optimization report have been made.

Alain Mercier, General Manager of Transit Services and Pat Scrimgeour, Manager of Transit Services Design will present the revised recommendations.

It will be interesting to see how it has been possible to sort through the deluge of responses that have come in from concerned cities across the city. Below are two bus riders who are very important to me and they are speaking up about how proposed changes to Route 16 would devastate their lives.

About Keenan Wellar

I'm a citizen of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) and co-leader of social change charitable organization, which helps the community welcome and include people with intellectual disabilities, autistic persons, and individuals with a dual diagnosis to live, work, and play as valued citizens. LiveWorkPlay was named Ottawa's Best Non-Profit of 2019 by the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal "Best Ottawa Business Awards " With Julie Kingstone, I am co-owner of Wellstone Leadership Services, dedicated to supporting a culture of excellence for non-profit, private sector, government organizations, collaborations, and partnerships. I am a regular guest (monthly) of the News 1310 Power Lunch radio show, and I write a monthly NPQ North column for Nonprofit Quarterly. I also have alter-egos that support the Ottawa RedBlacks and Ottawa Fury. Find me on Twitter @socialkeenan @liveworkplay @wellstoneleader @redblacksfanabove @furyfanabove. I'm all over Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn too. Also spotted outdoors from time to time, mainly in the Glebe area.
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