Rather than spending large amounts of money on rail, Haydon suggests that the city continue building up the bus-rapid transit system, including bus-only tunnels downtown to avoid congestion. The story was also in the Ottawa Sun, and Haydon went as far as to suggest that the proposal is a waste of taxpayers' money. From the Sun:
"The so called plan is a pathetic document," he [Haydon] said. "It's a destructive proposal. It flies in the face of reality and is flushing taxpayers' money down the toilet."Haydon served as an advisor to Mayor Larry O'Brien early in O'Brien's tenure as mayor, but resigned as he felt his advice was being ignored in favour of light-rail. Although not directly in response to Haydon's criticism, O'Brien has been adamant about the feasibility of light-rail in the city, and in a recent blog post highlighted the scrutiny that the current plan has gone through:
"In fact we have had an unprecedented amount of public consultation. And even more impressive is that the new plan has been put to the test by an international expert panel, an operations review by OC Transpo as well as a risk and financial assessment by KPMG and others."It remains to be seen if any Ottawa councilors agree with Haydon's criticisms, but there has been strong support of the plan in the past, including a Council-wide 19-4 vote back in May. Council will hold another vote on the transit plan, after hearing presentations from the Transit and Transportation Committees, on Wednesday, Nov. 26--ironically in Andrew S. Haydon Hall.--Mayor Larry O'Brien
What do you think: Buses or trains?