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June 22, 2017: OTC Changes to Route 14; A Letter to the Editor.

June 22, 2017: OTC Changes to Route 14;
A Letter to the Editor.

By Alayne McGregor.

I just learned that OC Transpo is proposing splitting route 14 so that it won’t go any further south than Gladstone Avenue. This will remove a direct route to downtown from Carlington and from the Civic Hospital neighbourhood where I live.

I use the bus route #14 regularly. It’s important to me because it goes directly to locations on Gladstone I use regularly, including; the library, restaurants, the GigSpace concert hall, the Gladstone Theatre. It’s also a cross-town bus route that runs well south of downtown, avoiding Transitway/LRT blockages and providing a faster linkage to transfer to other routes.

For many people, it also provides a important cross-town connection to the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital.

If the change is made, I would have a long walk or an inconvenient and untrustworthy bus transfer to get to the #14 and it would no longer be practical to use.

With this change, the route #14 would instead go to the LRT station at Tunney’s Pasture. But we already have three other buses, namely the #56, #80, and #86, which go to Tunney’s Pasture. Other destinations should be equally important.

This is a really stupid idea that should be dropped, especially since it seems to have been made without any consultation. I urge residents to write to Councillor Leiper, Jeff.Leiper@ottawa.ca; to Councillor Brockington, Riley.Brockington@ottawa.ca to Mayor Watson, Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca and to Transit Commission Chair Councillor Stephen Blais, Stephen.Blais@ottawa.ca to oppose this change.

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