But the difference in price is profound.
This is a release from the City of Ottawa:
On Sunday, June 28, new OC Transpo summer schedules begin, along with route improvements and adjustments to routes travelling along a section of the Transitway, which will close between Blair and Hurdman Stations for construction of the O-Train Confederation Line.
When things go bad, there are two things you can expect from Mayor Jim Watson.
1. He will try to ignore it such as when the light-rail tunnel collapsed, he was busy tweeting;
2. He will say it’s not my fault such as when Premier Kathleen Wynne (rightly) wouldn’t give His Worship two new casinos in Ottawa instead of one to get him out of a political pickle with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk trying to bid on one. Who needs four casinos in Ottawa-Gatineau? Who needs three for that matter. Or two?
This is a release from the City of Ottawa:
Mayor, City Councillors and Citizen Transit Commissioners,
The purpose of this e-mail is to provide the results of the detailed operational and human factors study of the Fallowfield Road at-grade rail crossing outlined in my November 21, 2014, Memo to Council (attached for reference).
Staff received the study dated March 31, 2015, from the expert agency Human Factors North Inc., and undertook its due diligence with respect to the report’s recommendations, and is taking steps to implement the recommendations.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
So 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.
If 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.
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.
A 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.
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.
Sometimes the city’s response to pressing problems is to do 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.