While the LRT will eventually bring convenient and fast public transit to some ward residents, we need to make sure that all residents see the benefit of this major investment.
In the short term, there will be many issues to address, in fact we have already seen problems. On Sept. 2, OC Transpo modified many routes to prepare buses to feed into the new light rail system, which is now delayed and not due to open until the new year. We need a measured and careful approach to the roll-out to avoid LRT/O-train backlash.
Residents in some east Ottawa neighbourhoods are so frustrated by recent bus route changes that the issue has become one of the top complaints that candidates in Innes ward hear about at the door. Life has become especially inconvenient for high school students in Chapel Hill and Blackburn Hamlet, as they try to keep up jobs and after-school activities, the candidates say.