The Healthy Transportation Coalition has been working on transportation equity in Ottawa since 2014. And, we’ve won some important victories, working with our allies:
- the EquiPass, monthly & single-ride versions, offers a 50% discount on OC Transpo prices for people living on low incomes;
- 20 parcels of government-owned land should now be used to build affordable housing near rapid transit stations;
- in Budget 2019, we won a transit fare freeze on the Access, Community, and EquiPasses; and
- we've won some important pedestrian and cycling improvements in lower-income neighbourhoods.
In 2018, in partnership with the City for All Women Initiative, we conducted community consultations with equity-seeking groups to ask them what they think of transportation, planning and equity issues.
But if we are to continue to make progress, much more needs to be done.
Now is the time for you to tell the City how it can better address inequities here. How do you think the Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan need to be improved? Get engaged, visit the City’s Official Plan website, www.ottawa.ca/newop.