Rescind bus change that hurts seniors, people with disabilities

October 2, 2018
OTTAWA — Bay Ward City Council candidate Theresa Kavanagh has launched a petition calling on OC Transpo to rescind recent changes made to the Number 11 bus route.

The September changes make it more difficult for senior citizens and residents with mobility issues to access public transit and hinder their ability to go for such basics as grocery shopping.

“Bay Ward has the highest concentration of seniors in Ottawa,” Kavanagh said. “And that is bound to increase. We must provide ways to allow citizens to live independently in our communities, especially when it comes to public transit.”

Kavanagh says the cuts add to social isolation, particularly in winter, faced by seniors and persons with disabilities.

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“The route used to go to Bayshore Shopping Centre, and now terminates much earlier at Lincoln Fields. It means shopping for groceries or getting to appointments is harder for people, who now have to take two buses instead of one. Things will only be more difficult during the
winter.”

Along with adults with disabilities, seniors are also are cut off from a direct route to the Old Forge Community Resource Centre, which offers programs and support for seniors and disabled adults to help them continue living independently.

“I want to see the old route restored,” she said. “OC Transpo will get that message from our community.”
Kavanagh says transit and transportation are key issues in the October 22 municipal election.

“This is a diverse community with diverse transportation needs. It is vital that meaningful consultation with the community takes place before arbitrary decisions are made that adversely affect the lives of residents.”