Public Transit and the Public Good
The transit strike in Ottawa is now in its secondÂ week, and life is horrible.Â Commuting has turned from frustation to nightmare, especially when snowfall makes things even worse.
All of which leads me to the perhaps hugely obvious point that decent transit is self-evidently a very good thing for drivers like me and not just transit users, literally shaving driving times by very large percentages.Â Â Â Hopefully all of my fellow taxpayer drivers screaming at delays today will support spending more on better transit tomorrow.
(For the record, I do cycle to work for much of the year.)
This strike can be blamed mainly on our instrasigently right wing Mayor, who wants to remove driver control of shift scheduling.Â This is a big issue for the drivers who, through seniority, can finally get out of working split shifts (with wasted, unpaid time in the middle of the day) to serve the morning and afternoon rush hour peaks.Â I for one am prepared to pay a bit more for transit to help accommodate slightly less than fully efficient scheduling.