Ottawa, Gatineau mayors talking 'seamless' transit system

The mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau are working together in an unprecedented fashion to ensure there’s a “more seamless” transit system for passengers once Ottawa’s Confederation LRT line opens next year.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and his Gatineau counterpart Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin have convened two meetings with the heads of each city’s transit service to discuss transfer points and the presence of STO buses on Ottawa roads.

“We don’t want to remove all of our buses on Slater and Albert just to have them replaced with STO buses, but at the same time, STO obviously has a lot of customers that need to go to places and we want to make sure there’s room for them to use some of the road space,” Watson said.

Standing beside Pedneaud-Jobin after Thursday’s NCC board meeting, Watson said the pair hope to announce in the next few weeks “what we’ve been able to accomplish working together.”

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