OC Transpo Should Make Riders Job 1: THE VOTER


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A side benefit of OC Transpo reducing service to customers in bad weather would be that there are fewer buses on the road to break down, get stuck, etc. An odd goal but this is OC Transpo we’re talking about.

Of course, since some of those non-served customers still need to get around, there will be more cars on the road to cause problems for what buses they are still running. One wonders whether they are better able to operate their company by withdrawing service from people who have to get places or would they be better to meet their mandate by providing the already-limited service they normally do.

It’s not hard to figure out which is better for their passengers, the taxpayers that support the service and the businesses, employers and schools etc. who depend on people being able to move around the city. When will we see the next ridership campaign on the “Leave the driving to us” theme?

But maybe ridership’s not an issue in their books and they are unconcerned if riders switch to other modes of transportation.

The Voter is a respected community activist and long-time Bulldog commenter who prefers to keep her identity private.


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2 Responses

  1. Bruce says:

    Voter You are absolutely correct in that Occasional Transport SHOULD prioritize ridership, but when you operate because of taxpayer funding which in Ottawa jargon seems to be unlimited why concern your business with small details like service and ridership numbers? The next step for O.C in inclement weather might well be to totally remove all equipment from service thus avoiding any incidents!

  2. david jones says:

    Just got the new 2024 OhSeeTranspo Performance Measure Manual in the mail. A true breakthrough piece of work for Ottawa. I was impressed with their measure for Most Excellent Service. Most Excellent means no bus breakdown, no cancellations, no late buses, no disgruntled riders – and no operational costs. This High Performance level is achieved by taking all the buses off the road. And locking them up in storage yards. The drivers are all away on extended leave.

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