The pandemic and a shift to work-from-home is changing how people use OC Transpo. The traditional rush hour routes to downtown aren’t as busy, but there’s no doubt that there are still a lot of Stittsville residents using transit to get around the city.
We need a big re-think of local bus service to meet changing ridership demand. For example:
- I see a need for more “off-peak” service (outside of rush-hour), especially in busy retail and employment areas like Hazeldean Road, Iber Road, and Carp Road.
- It should be easier to get to the employment areas in Kanata North by bus.
- We need to focus on frequency and reliability of the bus network, with upgrades to cross-town routes on streets like Hazeldean, Baseline, Carling, etc.
- We need to continue improvements to benches and shelters at bus stops to improve the rider experience.
- We need to get Stage 3 light rail to Stittsville as soon as possible to improve travel times to move across the City. Both the federal and provincial governments have indicated they will fund this project.
(For what it’s worth, I do not support across-the-board fare-free transit. However, I do support the elimination of transit fares for youth under 18, seniors, and targeted fare discounts for low-income earners and for the general population on certain days, events, or routes. Read more…)