OC Transpo rant

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    OC Transpo rant

    Post by wprager on Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:34 pm

    So, I'm starting a new job Monday, but because we haven't got that second car yet I'll be riding the bus. It's under 10 minutes by car and I could probably bike it in about a half hour in warmer weather. So how bad could the bus ride be?

    Well, for this particular local route (#160) the brains at OC Transpo decided *not* to have the usual one place where the route starts, another where it ends, with busses running between these two end-points, mostly following the same route on the way back. Instead, the bus does a one-way loop (a rather large one) through all of Morgan's Grant and the hi-tech sector. The result is, if you need to travel within this loop, you can easily get there, but have a devil of a time getting back.

    Below is the map of the route. I live at the top-left part of the route (off Halton Terrace, past Klondike. I need to get to approximately Leggett/Schneider, in the Business Park. It's only about a 10-12 minute bus ride on the way there. However I cannot (easily) use the same bus to get back home. I can take it to Teron road, get off, cross the street and wait for the next bus heading back to Morgan's Grant. The recommended method of getting back is to take route 101 back to the intersection of March/Terry Fox, cross the street and take the 60 (or 160, depending on timing) back to Morgan's Grant. It's still under a half hour, but if I miss the connection I could be waiting another 15 minutes or more.

    I really cannot understand why it is so difficult to make a route that comes and goes following mostly the same route.



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    Re: OC Transpo rant

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:37 pm

    I stopped taking the bus because of what boils down to mis-management of the service.

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    Re: OC Transpo rant

    Post by wprager on Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:46 pm

    Oh, and even though the route does not have a star and end, if you are looking at bus stop schedules, they still break it down into Morgan's Grant direction and Terry Fox (park and ride) direction. One stop along the large loop is designated the end of the line. In order to do something as simple as figuring out how long it will take me to get to work I have to look at the stop schedule for the Morgan's Grant direction first to see how long it will take me to get to that mythical end of the line; then I have to look at the schedule in the other direction to see how long it takes from the "end of the line" to my eventual destination.

    Now, if this loop was small -- a few blocks -- I would understand. But the loop starts at March/Teron and goes all the way to the farthest reaches of Morgan's Grant, crosses to the other side into Shirley's Brook, through the business park, out past the old Digital plant (now Dell) before heading back to March/Teron.

    Maybe the easiest way for me to get back is to walk from work to the Gateway Plaza on March Road (there is a Timmy's there) then catch either the 60 or 160, whichever comes first. I just measured it in google maps and it's just a little over 1 km. The only problem is having to cross Carling at Local Heroes during rush hour.


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    Re: OC Transpo rant

    Post by wprager on Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:48 pm

    SeawaySensFan wrote:I stopped taking the bus because of what boils down to mis-management of the service.

    Imbeciles.

    But you're still paying for the service, or half of it, at least.


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    Re: OC Transpo rant

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:51 pm

    wprager wrote:
    SeawaySensFan wrote:I stopped taking the bus because of what boils down to mis-management of the service.

    Imbeciles.

    But you're still paying for the service, or half of it, at least.

    I left town :p

    I paid enough for incompetence.

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    Re: OC Transpo rant

    Post by Devo on Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:23 pm

    I work at IBM by the Airport and I live probably a 60 degree wedge from you. For me to bus there I would have to take 3 or 4 busses (i can't remember now) but essentially I'd have to leave by 6 am to get to work by 8 am. 2 freaking hours to travel what is essentially a 20-30 minute trip.

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    Re: OC Transpo rant

    Post by PKC on Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:49 pm

    This probably won't help you in the short term, but my suggestion is to go to a Kanata Lakes community association meeting and tell them how you feel about this situation. Generally, the councilor for that ward sits in on the meetings - if enough voices are vocal about this issue, they will make a change to it.

    Apart from that, I could rant all day about the inefficiencies of OC Transpo. There is no end to my disdain for what I consider the most useless bus service in the entire continental Northern American continent.

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