“For too long, the road network in the East End had been left to deteriorate while suburban development continued,” says Blais. ”This idling approach by previous City Councils forced East End commuters to waste valuable time in traffic rather than have more time at home with their families.”
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.
Despite public consultations that indicated more than half of respondents are against biweekly pickup of curbside garbage, that is exactly the policy city staff is recommending.
From late last year to early February, the city carried out "extensive public consultations," including a random telephone survey of 2,003 residents, to get feedback on various service options that staff was considering.