Coun. Stephen Blais is taking every commuter route in his ward this winter to get a first-hand look at recent route changes and schedules through Cumberland ward.
The councillor, who is also chair of the city’s transit commission, had already taken five routes at the end of January, with plans to do four more.
City Councillor and Transit Commission Chair Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that OC Transpo will expand its service for Orléans transit users.
André Bastien has served over 2.6 million customers and travelled a whopping 1.7 million km over 44 years without an accident.
“It’s incredible to think that André has driven accident-free longer than I have been alive,” says Blais. “These two men have not only provided a great service for Ottawa, but they have set the bar for what it means to be a safe driver in Ottawa.”
Today, Mayor Jim Watson, along with the Chair of the Transit Commission Councillor Stephen Blais, announced that a low income transit pass will be included in the City of Ottawa’s 2017 budget.
Cumberland Councillor and Chair of the Ottawa Transit Commission, Stephen Blais was pleased to announce significant improvements for east end OC Transpo customers that will come into effect at the end of December 2015.
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais calls it an honour to be chosen by Ottawa City Council to Chair the Transit Commission.
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais and Orléans Councillor Bob Monette are proud to announce that OC Transpo will be establishing a new Permit Park & Ride at the Ray Friel Centre in Orléans.
“Our dedication to public transit in Orléans is unparalleled,” says Blais. “Orléans residents deserve the best OC Transpo service to match our demonstrated commitment to public transit.”
OC Transpo should open its bus-location data to outside programmers the same day it launches its own application to tell riders when their buses are due, says Councillor Stephen Blais, and he intends to present a motion to the city's transit commission at its next meeting on Thursday to force the company to do it.
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce a significant increase in bus service for Orléans and Cumberland residents without any increase in costs.
Beginning Monday, January 9 Orléans and Cumberland residents will have an additional 70 trips to Tunney’s Pasture a major Government of Canada employment cluster.
“The expansion of the Trim Road Park and Ride further demonstrates our commitment to Orléans and Cumberland public transit commuters,” says Blais. “The 380 new spots will allow for more riders and also reduce the volume on cars on Hwy 174.”
“The Route 30 is one of the success stories of the recent route optimization,” says Blais. “The new 30 express route saves riders more than 90 minutes every week – time we can spend with our families and participating in extracurricular activities.”
“By making bus passes transferable to any other resident, we will be providing better value for the cost of public transit for residents,” says Blais. “The ability to transfer your monthly pass to your children or other family members/friends will enhance public transit as a preferred mode of transportation in Ottawa.”
When the newly formed transit commission seals the deal on dozens of revised bus routes changes, it'll all be over bar the complaining.
The commission's vote on the massive changes to bus routes throughout the city doesn't go to full council for final debate or approval. The creation of the transit commission was part of Mayor Jim Watson's election platform, and one supported by city council.
City staff and councillors have a lot of feedback to sort through after east-end transit riders packed the house again for the final public consultation on proposed OC Transpo route changes.
Transit commission chairwoman Diane Deans said she couldn't say how drastically the plan presented to the public will change, but said the public's concerns will play a major role in the redesign.
Since then, public transit has undergone many changes, but the one constant question has been how to deliver better service to improve the quality of life of our residents.