Sunday, July 30, 2006

North-South LRT Transit Ridership in Perspective

Why the City’s Cited Ridership Numbers are Deceptive and its Proposed North-South LRT Project is Largely Inconsequential to Ottawa’s Transportation Needs and Objectives.

Ottawa is growing in population and, as a result, so is its workforce. Increasing the number of people who get to work by public transit is important because this reduces the city’s road construction and repair expenditures and reduces greenhouse gas and smog emissions generated as a result of transportation in Ottawa.

According to the City’s Transportation Master Plan, between the years 2001 and 2021, the number of peak hour motorized commuter trips will increase by 122,000 to a total of 344,000. The City’s goal, as set out in its City’s Transportation Master Plan and reiterated in current documents related to the North-South LRT project, is that 30% of all peak hour motorized commuter trips will travel by public transit by the year 2021.

Click here to learn what you need to know about how little a role the proposed North-South LRT project will play in this important transit ridership goal.