August 26 – Transit Services
Accessible and efficient transit services are an integral part of all healthy communities. Whether you are taking routes 5, 7, 12, or 14, transit allows residents to move within their community with ease. It is important that we work to make transit the first choice when it comes to commuting and traveling around our city. This will result in the reduction of traffic congestion.
We have worked hard over the last four years to encourage residents to embrace public transit, by listening and resolving concerns related to local bus routes in our community. We will continue to streamline operations to ensure that residents of Rideau-Vanier receive the best possible transit service.
We also believe that it is important to keep fares as affordable as possible to ensure that everyone can benefit from transit. Current options include offering incentives to high frequency users, such as the UPass for students, free days and fare reductions for seniors.
Mobile apps have also provided alternate options for bus tracking via GPS technology. These advances are helpful in locating a bus on its route and informing transit users of wait times at the closest stop. We want to continue to encourage the City to embrace these latest technologies to make it easier to plan our travels.
Since 2010, we have worked hard to make improvements to our local transit service. Together, we have actively looked for solutions to transit issues. These include increasing the frequency of buses to popular local routes and advocating for earlier start times and weekend extensions of services. These improvements have in turn created a transit service our community can trust and rely on. As our community expands, we will continue to strive for improvements to support transit users.
Over the coming years, we will oversee the construction, implementation and opening of the Confederation Line in 2018. This Light Rail Transit (LRT) system will increase the efficiency and reliability of our city’s transit networks. We will see to mitigate any impacts on residents’ day-to-day travels and continue to provide solutions during the upcoming transition period in hopes that our community can fully embrace this new transit infrastructure.
Finally, our team will aim to reduce the presence of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) buses in our community. It is imperative that the City of Ottawa pushes the STO to fully integrate into the Confederation Line in 2018 by requiring STO passengers to transfer onto the system at the Bayview station. This will release our downtown from STO buses while continuing to offer reliable services to customers in both cities.
Transit in Ottawa is about to transform in an amazing way. We look forward to working together to ensure that residents can fully benefit from the new LRT system and embrace transit for all their travelling needs.
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Mathieu Fleury was born and raised in Ottawa. He attended Francojeunesse Elementary Public School and Franco-Cité Catholic High School before graduating at the University of Ottawa where he earned both his Master’s (Sports Management) and Bachelor’s (Human Kinetics) degrees.
Mathieu has a diverse background in sports, project management, and health promotion. Prior to becoming City Councillor for Rideau-Vanier in 2010, he worked at Lowertown Pool and Plant Recreation Centre serving the public as a lifeguard supervisor, advanced swimming instructor, as well as a camp and aquatic program coordinator. In addition to his 10 years of front-line experience at the local level, Mathieu was also an intern for the Minister of State for Sport where he was involved in sports policy at the federal level.
Mathieu has seen first-hand the benefits of community engagement. Having been involved with various community organizations such as the Sandy Hill Minor Hockey Association, le Patro d’Ottawa, the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and volunteering for various national and local sports organizations, he understands that in order to achieve meaningful results and solutions, we need to listen, engage in dialogue, and collaborate with others.
Over the past three years, Mathieu and his team have built strong relationships with the community by working directly with residents to effectively address issues and concerns. As a result of these combined efforts, some major initiatives were implemented (see Accomplishments), in addition to tighter regulations on noise, property standards and the removal of residential conversions. The Sandy Hill Town and Gown was also formed as a result of stakeholder discussions to find a working solution to create a better community dynamic between university students and residents. Furthermore, Mathieu has supported the Confederation Line-Light Rail Transit Project, Complete Streets Policy, and the Laurier Segregated Cycling Lanes.
Mathieu also understands that policy decisions must take into account the perspectives of all people and ages. For example, he worked on the Older Adult Plan, a forward thinking and coordinated approach to get more benches and shelters at bus stops and in parks and making city infrastructure more accessible. He has also supported different senior resources including the Pauline Charron Centre. As the representative for one of the most diverse wards in the city, Mathieu has also worked on the Immigration Portal, supported the expansion of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, and Jer’s Vision to name a few.
Besides his role as City Councillor, Mathieu also has a passion for working with youth and children. He currently sits as a Board Member for the Ottawa Children’s Wish Foundation, was co-chair for the 2012 United Way Ottawa Campaign, and also the Chair to the Mayor’s First Youth Summit. With his background in sports and through community partnerships, Mathieu helped launched the Ottawa Sports Council in 2013 where he currently sits as a Director on the Board.
It is through these initiatives, community efforts and involvement that Mathieu will continue to actively work hard to improve and beautify the heart of our nation’s capital: the Rideau-Vanier ward. He will continue to build on the very strong foundations of our urban communities (Lowertown, Sandy Hill, and Vanier) while responding to concerns in a balance and effective approach.
Since arriving at City Hall, Mathieu and his team have maintained an office that is accessible, open, and transparent. He understands his role as City Councillor and will continue to be a community leader and builder by listening and engaging in dialogue with residents of Rideau-Vanier that lead to good decision-making with meaningful results.