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August 07, 2007

Rant of the Day: Mark Bourrie rides OC Transpo

From today's edition of the City Journal, columnist Mark Bourrie rants about OC Transpo. A sample:
...Make the routes so complicated that, if you get on a bus on, say, Elgin Street, you’ll have no idea where you’ll end up. Maybe the General Hospital. Maybe the Glebe.


Now, once you’ve scraped together this dirty, confusing bus system, go out and hire the surliest bus drivers you can find. Put up signs on the bus saying “respect goes both ways” to toss the blame for the sullen drivers onto the shoulders of the riders.


Toss in some dirt and some bad poetry in both official languages, charge an arm and a leg for it, screw over retailers so no one sells bus tickets, make it completely useless on weekends, and you have OC Transpo.

Related: Ottawa Transit Guide


  1. Anonymous11:57 AM

    That guy works for a newspaper? Teach him some grammar and spelling.

    And OCTranspo's articulated buses have been Canadian made for quite a while. The old rustly fleet was retired a while agin

  2. Anonymous11:58 AM

    ..and of course after I comment on someone's spelling, I go and make a typo of my own.

  3. I think that his comment is really unfair toward Ottawa's transit system. Has he been on a TTC bus lately?

    Oc transpo, cost 'an arm and a leg' because it offers services like Travel Planner and a phone number to dial in at the bus stop to see how soon your bus will arrive.

    Geez, it's really not THAT bad.


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