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Stand Up For Scott Street

oc transpoThis is a comment from Bulldog reader Scott Albert on the detour of the Transitway down Scott Street:

Promised baseline testing before the work starts for air, noise and vibration have not occurred (to be the best of my knowledge) as promised.

Rideau Transit Group did a small test on the weekend. At a time when cities such as Paris and London prepare to remove all diesel vehicles from their downtown due to terrible health affects from the pollution, Ottawa instead puts our health and property in question by moving the entire Transitway metres from our homes.

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Now Where Are The Scott Street Folks?

One wonders if the residents of Scott Street are being invited to the meeting.

Doubt it. Colonel By Room is pretty small.

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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Susan Jones New Acting Deputy City Manager

This is a City of Ottawa internal document:

Date: 10 April 2015

The purpose of this memorandum is to advise Members of Council that Susan Jones has been appointed as the Acting Deputy City Manager of City Operations, effective April 24, 2015.

I also wish to advise Members of Council that concurrent with this appointment, Transit Services will no longer fall within the City Operations portfolio. John Manconi, General Manager of Transit Services will report directly to me.

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Don’t Give Up, John Manconi

WHOPPERWATCH“You learn and grow from your mistakes and issues and I believe what customers don’t want to see organizations do is give up,” said OC Transpo general manager John Manconi last week.

Give up?

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OC Transpo Reduces March Break Sked

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

OC Transpo will operate a reduced weekday schedule during the March Break (March 16 to 20) when schools are closed.

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City To Get Tough On E-Cigarettes

This is a release from city clerk and solicitor Rick O’Connor:

Mayor Watson, Chair Blais, Councillors and Members of the Transit Commission,

I am writing in respect of recent media reports regarding the use of e-cigarettes and “vaping” on OC Transpo buses and other City property.

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Take O-Train Woes Seriously

oc transpoThis is a comment from the great Sheridan who takes on the problems with the O-Train last week:

OC Transpo general manager John Manconi gave a detailed report of the problems, especially the issue about plastic clips causing a shorting problem. However, most of his talk was PR spin about how OC Transpo improves service from these lessons and how there are never guarantees that things will always work perfectly: “Will we have interruptions in the future? Absolutely, I cannot guarantee you we will not.”

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Who Won, Who Lost On LRT

The National Capital Commission set down two conditions for allowing light rail to use the Macdonald Parkway.

One, the line could not impede access to the Ottawa River shoreline.

Two, the line had to have minimal visual impact on the park space.

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Blais Gets O-Train Woes Wrong

WHOPPERWATCHThe situation with the O-Train has become much more serious than this quote by transit commission chairman Stephen Blais would have you believe:

“Just like when you buy a brand new house, you move in, you expect everything to be perfect and every once and a while there’s a couple things that aren’t exactly the way they are supposed to be. Our staff fixed them very quickly.”

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City PR Ignores O-Train Start Up Fiasco

WHOPPERWATCHSo today’s launch of the expanded O-Train and its nice new shiny cars was but a small fiasco.

The line was shut down because of a malfunctioning switch so the great ceremony to kick off the train ended up shipping passengers by bus because the O-Train wasn’t working.

But that’s not how the city communications department saw the opening day of the O-Train.

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Proposed City Tax Boost Out-Strips Inflation

oc transpoIf the inflation rate is running at one per cent in January, you’re probably bringing home something like a one-per-cent wage increase this year.

Hardly anything.

So Mayor Jim Watson’s proposed 1.75-per-cent tax increase appears low to property-tax payers. Just one problem: it’s far beyond Statistics Canada’s January consumer price index boost. So 1.75-per-cent is actually very high given our new economic order in Ottawa.

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O-Train Down For More Than Week

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

O-Train Trillium Line service will be temporarily replaced by bus Route 107 from February 14 to 22, in order to complete necessary commissioning and preparation for the new expanded O-Train Trillium Line service.

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Transit Fare Hike Appalling

OC Transpo busA 2.5-per-cent fare increase for transit sounds small by historical standards but it’s not in today’s terms.

Transit commission chief Stephen Blais says this is “predictable and reasonable” and no one in the predictable press core pushed him on that figure.

As we mentioned here on The Bulldog this week, Canada’s Consumer Price Index for December was 1.5 per cent.

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Kanata Bus Users Furious At Problems

This is a release from the office of Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson:

Councillor Marianne Wilkinson has organized a meeting for users of the 60, 64 and 68 routes to discuss their issues with the service they are receiving since changes were introduced at the end of December.

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Arrest Made After Watson Threatened

A man has been arrested following threat made to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and OC Transpo.

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Do Nothing: City’s Best Option

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Sometimes the city’s response to pressing problems is to do nothing.

A strongly worded note to the City of Ottawa from Transport Canada after a bus slid under a railway gate at the Fallowfield Road level crossing got nothing.

In fact the city played politics. Transport Canada, which one might think knows its business, said there was a threat to railway safety there. City manager Kent Kirkpatrick said no. The city has responded by repainting the stop lines on Fallowfield. That should be enough.

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