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Transit strike frustration | by Peter Blanchard
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Transit strike frustration

The recent OC Transpo (public transit) strike was deeply divisive and served only to prove that neither side could communicate effectively. Most people quickly took sides with little or no understanding of the other, the supposed bad guys. It was us-versus-them all over again. This downtown shopkeeper vented his frustrations, while many people could barely make it to work.

 

While most people were angry at OC Transpo or the union, the real villain was and continues to be our addiction to cars. During the strike, the roads were a mess – bumper to bumper with three-hour commutes being the norm. It was the absence of buses and the over abundant presence of automobiles that caused gridlock. I.e. cars not buses were the root of the problem. Less auto-centric planning and more pro-transit policies would lead to a more pleasant, healthier and sustainable city.

 

Ottawa Transportation links | Car-free Facebook Group

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Taken on April 16, 2009