CFRA Poll Results On Rogers TV OTAG City Watch Show On Innovating Transit

 

 

OC Transpo Should Be Contracted Out: OTAG Posted on February 20, 2013 by Ken Gray This is a release from the Ottawa Taxpayers Advocacy Group:

 

 

OC Transpo Should Be Contracted Out: OTAG Posted on February 20, 2013 by Ken Gray This is a release from the Ottawa Taxpayers Advocacy Group: As part of its upcoming program on Public Transit Alternatives, OTAG has teamed up with Ben Dachis, Policy analyst with the CD Howe institute. Dachis, a strong advocate for contracting out Bus routes is well suited to discuss the issue during the Rogers TV special on Monday Feb 25th.

 

Appearing alongside the CATO Institute and P3 Canada, Dachis is expected to push the London Transit model as well as York Regions here in Ontario. Dachis distances himself from outright privatization and points to London as a successful model that is turning heads across Canadian municipalities.

 

“The municipal government auctioned off the right to run a route every five years to whatever group is willing to provide the service at a lower cost to government. The auctions avoid a monopoly and give both large and small businesses a chance to bid. When there are more bidders they are willing to give the city more generous terms to run the route.” Dachis said.

 

While this type of bold approach at public transit appears to be picking up speed Dachis points out that it would still be publicly controlled. “Tendering need not be privatization” Dachis said. The framework of such a program would invite the ATU to bid on routes and under the guidance of The Ottawa Transit Commission; transit would remain in public hands.

 

“Independent operators that failed to deliver suitable service or meet timeliness and safety standards would have their contracts revoked and replaced by another company.” He said. Dachis believes the need to institute competition in municipal transit is paramount to a successful service.” They can insulate the city from the consequences of strikes while having lower costs and better service. This can be done in a way that includes unions as part of the solution, not the problem.”

 

While the transit strike is still fresh in the minds of many taxpayers, “Contracting would create more transit providers, so that if one shuts down during a strike, others could take their place.” Dachis said. OTAG hopes its program titled “Innovating Transit” will inspire City Council to explore less expensive alternatives. “We think these ideas should be explored further” said OTAG’s president, Kevin MacDonald. “It’s entirely possible we already have a superior system, but we owe it to ourselves to find out.”

 

“Innovating Transit” is part of the Experts on Ottawa program for Rogers cable and airs the evening of Feb 25th at 830 pm.

 

For more information:

 

Kevin MacDonald President,

OTAG www.ottawataxpayer.ca

kevin@ottawataxpayer.com

 

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