Don Butler writes a feature in the Citizen that makes several arguments in favour of at least partial privatization of transit service in Ottawa.
Here is a quick breakdown of some of Butler's musings and conclusions about privatization...
- Cheaper to operate on the whole (wages for operators tend to be lower on average, and ceilings are lower and harder to reach)
- Theory that private-system operators are less likely to go on strike than public counterparts (many disagree with this assertion, including Ottawa transit committee chair and councillor Alex Cullen)
- Might fragment Ottawa's integrated transit system, which would lead to rough transition
- More costlier insurance and other costs avoided by public system
That's really just a glimpse into some of the arguments in the story. There are several reasons to take this article very seriously, and TransitOttawa.ca will no doubt have more to say about privatization issues in the future.
Especially about Denver. That transit system consistently generates a lot of buzz, including within the above-linked story.
For now, though, we will superficially object to privatization because, well, this website's title would be made instantly obsolete by such a move.