Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson's Green House Gases Roundtable should include Rogers TV show content on transit for rural suburban residents


Can open tendered outsourced Jitney (13 seater bus) reduce vehicle usage for daily trips from about 70% in rural areas to 45% in an urban area like Ottawa East?

Can Jitney reduce east west traffic grdilock and reduce the need for more parc n rides?

Can Jitney increase LRT ridership thereby increasing the return on LRT investment?

Can dial a ride rush hour Jitney shorten the commute to work for rural residents?

Can Jitney provide the option for transit within walking distance from the homes of rural residents?


2011 Ottawa Origin Destination Survey (Rusell, Almonte, Carleton Place not included):


Rural South West- 37,800

Rural East- 36,900

Rural West- 33,000

Total Daily Rural Trips: 107,700


Orleans- 219,700

Kanata Stittsville- 206,700

South Nepean- 124,400

Total Daily Suburban Trips- 550,800


What: OTAG CITY WATCH - A Rogers Ottawa Experts Community TV Show on Innovating Transit

Where: Channel 22

When: Monday, February 25th, 2013, 8.30pm - 9.30pm

Show Hosts: OTAG President- Kevin MacDonald, MTAG President- Ade Olumide


Show Guests


Steve Clark is a Member of Provincial Parliament, Ontario PC Critic for Municipal Affairs and former President of the Association for Ontario Municipalities. Clark was elected mayor of Brockville, at age 22; he was the Canada’s youngest Mayor and served for 3 terms. He later worked as a journalist for the Brockville Recorder, as an admin. assistant to MPP Bob Runciman, and as the Chief Administration Officer of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.


John McBride is the CEO of PPP Canada, formerly the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency, President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, as Assistant Deputy Minister at Industry Canada, and as an Executive Director at the Treasury Board Secretariat.


Randal O’Toole is a Senior Fellow from the CATO Institute. An active cyclist who rides thousands of miles and loves riding passenger trains; he is the author of Fixing transit, a case for Privatization. O'Toole is a Yale University Fellow and Utah State University Visiting Professor and former lecturer at the University of California.


Benjamin Dachis is a Senior Policy Analyst at the C.D. Howe Institute. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Toronto, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto.


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