Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Photo: More Than a Couple of Buses

The time I spent in Ottawa to attend Can-Con last year was the first opportunity I'd had to hang around the city for any protracted time, and parts of it left a bit of an impression on me. In particular, the state of its transit. The Transitway is one thing entirely--but for a city of a million people that relies almost exclusively on buses for its public transit needs, things can get a little backed up. This is, I believe, Rideau Street at 3:30 on a Thursday afternoon; I count some seventeen buses here, both OC Transpo and Société de transport de l'Outaouais, and there are undoubtedly more hidden behind that one on the right. There would be at least that many more waiting if this photo had been taken while looking in the opposite direction.

It beggars belief that the city government's allowed pressure to get to this stage without relief.

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