If the economy continues to nosedive, and the downward spiral of job losses causes more people to ditch their automobiles to save money, public transportation will become an economic necessity rather than a tax nuisance for so many more people.
On the issue as it pertains to Ottawa, Klaus Beltzner (B.Sc., M.Math., M.B.A, and member of Friends of the O-Train) made the following case for the possibly essential nature of public transit in Ottawa during TransitOttawa's marathon 18+ hour LiveBlog:
- A core transit service is essential; the whole transit service with all the routes and runs is not.
A core service is essential to permit seniors to get to their doctor appointments and buy groceries (health and safety). A core service is essential to permit minimum wage/shift workers to earn a livelihood and students to go to classes (health and safety)A core service is essential to permit those who do not own a car to buy groceries, get to doctors appointments, visit ailing parents in hospitals and nursing homes. (health and safety).
- A core transit service needs to be defined by the City
The City must be ordered to define the core transit service to be provided in oder to meet the health and safety requirements above.
The City must be ordered to have a plan in place to publicize and deliver this core service in the event of a labour dispute, snow or other serious weather event, or other emergency when full service cannot be provided.
- A core transit service needs to deliverable
The City must have various contingency plans in place to deliver the defined core transit service in the event of a labour dispute, snow or other serious weather event, or other emergency when full service cannot be provided.