'All options are on the table' to fix LRT mess

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  2. Buying buses, highway detours and redoing budget all possibilities, councillors say

    In what can only be considered an admission of the short-term failure of Ottawa's $2.1-billion Confederation Line, city councillors are calling for no-holds-barred solutions ranging from buying new buses to bringing back express routes to re-instituting highway detours — all costly measures that could set the city's 2020 budget way off course.

    "All options are on the table," said a dejected-sounding Coun. Stephen Blais on Wednesday. "They're not easy options, they're not quick things."

    After having put on a brave face over the past six weeks, councillors are now openly expressing distress at the multiple delays and unreliability of both the LRT and the buses that connect to it — a failure rate that a number of them have called "unacceptable."

    That includes Mayor Jim Watson, who told CBC on Wednesday that "any good idea is worth exploring."

    "I'm beyond frustrated," said Coun. Laura Dudas. "[The LRT] is not serving our community, it's not serving the city … we need to start looking at how we can permanently resolve this."

    "It's not acceptable to basically roll the dice on if you can get home to pick up your kids from school," Blais said.


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    An Ottawa LRT train moves through the snow Nov. 12, 2019. (CBC)
    On Tuesday afternoon, after a train stoppage in the east end forced riders out into the cold, three councillors called on OC Transpo to restore former express routes that would take suburban riders directly downtown, bypassing the LRT altogether — similar to the parallel bus service that ran when the Confederation Line first opened, which cost $1 million a week to operate.

    It's an idea that Coun. Carol Anne Meehan supports.

    "It's minus 20 out there, people can't be left stranded," Meehan said. "We have to have direct buses from the suburbs … get those buses back in service going right down to the core."

    'We are dealing with an unknown situation here'
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    Councillors Allan Hubley and Jeff Leiper say city staff are looking at many possible solutions to Ottawa's LRT issues, but finding the resources for more buses and more drivers will be a challenge. 1:13
    But that's easier said than done.

    The city has no more buses. It had 40 in reserve, but all those buses were put back on the road last week. And even if the city can find more buses to buy or lease, it still needs to find drivers for them.

    Even Coun. Jeff Leiper, one of the councillors who originally called for the return of at least some of the 200-series buses, said he recognizes there are challenges to his plan, and admits he doesn't know where the buses, drivers or money will come from.

    Still, he said, the transit situation is so bad the city has to take extraordinary measures.


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    Coun. Jeff Leiper was one of the first councillor to call for the return of old express buses, but admits he doesn't know where the money to pay for them will come from. (CBC)
    "We need to be pragmatic about this, but we do need to explore something other than just hoping that [Rideau Transit Group] fixes the problems with its train system," he said.

    Leiper said he was encouraged in his discussions with the mayor's office and transit chair, Coun. Allan Hubley, that they are also open to "exploring whatever solutions it takes to give Ottawa transit riders the experience that they rightfully expect from us."

    LRT 'an unknown situation'
    There are other equally dramatic options on the table, councillors say, including re-instating highway detours and designating some city streets as a makeshift transitway.

    All of this is pricey — a new bus, for example, costs about $1 million — and it would be impossible for OC Transpo's current draft budget for 2020 to absorb those additional costs.

    That means the money will have to be found in other departments, or else council might have to consider a property tax increase higher than the planned three per cent.


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    Coun. Allan Hubley, who chairs the transit commission, says the budget may have to be revisited to pay for additional bus service. (CBC)
    "That's not going to be a popular statement because an awful lot of people put good work into that budget, but we are dealing with an unknown situation here," Hubley told reporters Wednesday.

    Watson told CBC he has directed city staff to present all options to council, but it's unclear when that will happen.
     
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    New Person 本站元老 ID:11416

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    All options are on the table.
    就是没有问责。:kan::evil::evil::evil:
     
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    责任在乘客,hold door....
     
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    问谁的责啊?
    说不定到了最后,问题解决了,这个LRT TEAM 会得奖: BEST EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM!
     
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  6. 阿土仔

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    反正浪费的是纳税人的钱,打一个哈哈就过去了。
     
  7. New Person

    New Person 本站元老 ID:11416

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    哈哈,有可能。
     
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    我觉得结局会比 pheonix好很多 至少时不时能开开
     
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    增加就业,增加了鸡的屁
     
  10. New Person

    New Person 本站元老 ID:11416

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    让香港人来做开/关门试验啊。
     
  11. 阿土仔

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    不如多修几条公路,还能用得上,现在这玩意就是个废物,还得没完没了的填钱 ……
     
  12. gocanoeing

    gocanoeing 知名会员 ID:72273

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    首都没有地铁能行吗
     
  13. 阿土仔

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    咋不行呢?一共就这么点儿人 …… :rolleyes:
     
  14. New Person

    New Person 本站元老 ID:11416

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    LRT/ phoenix 做成这样,没人负责。匪夷所思。
     
  15. gocanoeing

    gocanoeing 知名会员 ID:72273

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    关键是首都,人多人少是其次

    再说还能增加就业,增加鸡的屁,增加娱乐,出故障要走路还能锻炼身体。。。

    好处真是太多了
     
  16. urus

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    hahahaha , you got the point!
     

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