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”
We recently joined other members of the public and advocacy groups like Horizon Ottawa, Ottawa Transit Riders, and ACORN Ottawa to speak against proposed cuts to transit service. OC Transpo’s draft plan addresses lower pandemic ridership by suspending, shortening, and reducing frequency on many routes linking suburbs to downtown, to begin in June. It’s bad … Continue reading Our Remarks at the March 31st Transit Commission Meeting
Toward free public transit The pandemic has discouraged the use of public transit. Confinement, telework, and fear of catching the coronavirus have made people avoid collective transit options. We cannot allow this decline in popularity to be permanent. Between 2006 and 2019 the Quebec population of driving age increased by 13%, while the number of … Continue reading Québec solidaire’s recovery plan
Read our statement on Transit Policy and COVID-19 here.