As some of you may already know, OC Transpo eliminated Route 18 in a recent route restructuring. The Hintonburg Community Association is collecting emails of support for this well-used route. Check out their new online form. Fill it out and click “send” to have copies emailed to Councilor Leadman and the HCA.
We also received this email from Marc about this issue and are reposting it for your information:
Last September, as part of TransPLAN 2009, OC Transpo cancelled route 18 west of Lebreton. This has meant that for many west end neighbourhoods, there is no longer a direct transit link to downtown. Further, for many people, the connection between many east and west end neighbourhoods that used to be available through route 18 is no longer possible.
This has had a disproportionate effect on seniors, many of whom are not in a position to undertake the 20 minute walk to a Transitway Station. As a result, many of them are unable to go out in the community and participate in activities at local seniors’ recreation centres, do their shopping, or attend other social events.
Students, many of whom require reliable and regular transit service to make it to their school, have also felt serious adverse effects, as well as commuters who do not work regular work hours (and for whom the new rush-hour only route 150 has been of no assistance).
In light of this, residents of west-end neighbourhoods began a petition asking the city to reinstate route 18 west of Lebreton. So far, the response has been terrific, with hundreds of people signing the petition in the space of a few days. Canvassers have walked through Champlain Park, Wellington West and Westboro Beach, and the response from those who were home has been extremely positive for the reinstatement of the service.
We need a strong response from our west end communities to ensure that OC Transpo and the city take our demand seriously. Everyone’s assistance is greatly appreciated.