Am I alone in feeling that the bigger Ottawa gets the worse basic services are?
Even keeping the sidewalk plowed AT A MAJOR TRANSIT STATION at morning rush hour seemed beyond the City’s ability. See these pic at LeBreton Station on Albert. One narrow cattle path. Transit users were holding onto the chain link fence — missing only the barb wire — to try to stay upright.
When designed I told Maniconi face to face that OC risked looking bad if they couldn’t persuade the City to focus on the difficult to plow / difficult to maintain ped traps at the station. Yet transit seems to suffer first in any snowfall.
I wonder what we would do if our policy was to discourage transit use?
Why on earth doesn’t Ottawa have a major snowfall protocol? Regretfully they’d term it a snow emergency status, but Washington does it, New York does it, Boston does it, and Ottawa … says carry on !
A protocol might do some simple things, like forbid through car traffic on Albert and Slater in the downtown. Those garages with multiple entrances would close the entrances on Albert and Slater and let traffic in and out on Queen or Laurier. We can forbid parking on Albert and Slater on Canada Day, just so people can flee the downtown quickly in their cars … but not during a snow storm.
And we could suggest better courses of action than this: accident in centre car lane on Slater. Police parks in car curb lane. Forcing all traffic into the bus lane, slowing down all the buses. Traffic backs up into intersection. Gridlock ensues. Better in a snow emergency to keep cars out of the bus lanes, and off Albert and Slater.
One of the vaunted advantages of buses over streetcars is their flexibility to go around accident scenes. And with a high cell phone penetration in our affluent market, most users could easily be informed of last minute detours. Instead, we seem to let buses line up forever on the routes that don’t work.