We were were happy to have a table at this weekend's Horizon Fest event. One of our members, Richard Fidler, was the first to speak. His remarks are below in full: Free Transit Ottawa is a community group advocating for affordable, reliable,accessible and low-carbon public transit in Ottawa.As our name indicates, we want transit to … Continue reading Horizon Fest success!
Two of our members published an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen. Check it out here: https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/grover-and-swartz-fare-free-transit-is-part-of-the-solution-ottawa
For years we have been pushing hard for free and quality transit in our city with leafleting, Transit Commission delegations, and media appearances. People are finally paying attention. Nick Grover appeared on CBC's The National and Kirstin Pulles was interviewed alongside Ottawa Transit Riders by CTV Ottawa. Watch their full segments at the links above!
An excellent article published in the Citizen by one of our founding members, Kirstin Pulles, has been making the rounds this week. Read the full piece here!
During December 2021, FTO members and volunteers campaigned outside bus stations - we are pushing for permanent fare free transit in Ottawa, starting immediately for those on social assistance. We distributed a couple hundred leaflets and were even interviewed by CBC Ottawa. Our campaign is ongoing until our transit system is accessible, meaning no more … Continue reading Campaigning for Free Transit
Problems with the LRT reached a high point this fall, yet reflect only the tip of the iceberg of a chronically neglected and underfunded transit system. The problem is, at its root, the people who run it. Despite being a "public" system, transit management does not include any formal input from those who know best … Continue reading Towards a Democratic Public Transit System
The People’s Public Transport Policy is the result of a collaborative effort involving the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) representing 700 affiliated trade unions from 150 countries and a number of non-union organizations and activists. It sets out 28 policy demands that express the ITF’s vision for a social model of public transport covering six key areas … Continue reading A People’s Public Transport Policy
Once again, development planning in the city of Ottawa proceeds with insufficient regard for climate change and public transit. Newly announced plans to upgrade The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) include adding a four story parking garage to the site. This parking garage will be built over an existing lot and the Queen Juliana Park. It will … Continue reading The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) development plan favours cars over transit access
We are happy to report that an op-ed submitted by some of our members was recently published! The article covers “on-demand transit,” its limitations, and the need to think about broader and more effective reforms to our transit system that allow us to bring back and expand ridership post-COVID. Check out the article here! And … Continue reading FTO’s Recent Op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen
Even now, with a ten year timeframe left for action, it’s rare for the climate crisis to be treated as the emergency it is. So, credit where due to Tom Rand: he calls for a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewables; he blames the political and business elite for the mess and … Continue reading What should a green economy look like? A Review of Tom Rand’s “The Case for Climate Capitalism”