10
Dec
08

OC Transpo Strike, Day 1

A lone commuter waits for a bus that isn't coming at Bank station.

A lone commuter waits for a bus that isn't coming at Bank station.

Since midnight last night, OC Transpo has been on strike. This combined with a heavy snowstorm and a half-closed Chaudière Bridge led to a pretty terrible combination for Ottawa today. I was in Centretown between about 2:30 and 3:30, and I didn’t notice any excessive chaos, though I did find traffic was noticeably heavier than normal. I don’t really have much else to say about the whole thing at the moment, but here are a few more pictures I took, after the jump.

Mackenzie King

The westbound side of Mackenzie King

30

An eerily quiet Mackenzie King station around 2:30

A police officer directs traffic at Laurier and Elgin

A police officer directs traffic at Laurier and Elgin

30 on Elgin Street.

Traffic was already getting heavy by 3:30 on Elgin Street.

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8 Responses to “OC Transpo Strike, Day 1”


  1. December 10, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    That one picture of the inside of MacKenzie King Bridge Station looks so wrong right now.

  2. 2 David McClelland
    December 10, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    It’s even stranger inside. It just feels wrong, knowing how crowded it normally is when it’s cold out.

  3. 3 aandjblog
    December 11, 2008 at 10:09 am

    bus stations look like a ghost town, it’s so scary.

  4. December 11, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Good call, I was going to do that but escaped the city yesterday morning.

  5. 5 David McClelland
    December 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    aandj: I actually recommend dropping by a Transitway station or two… it’s really disconcerting to see them so empty.

    Carl: Escaping the city is probably just as good a call…

  6. December 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I heard the protesters were picketing near universities shuttles.
    How sick and stupid is that?
    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2008/12/11/ot-081211-carleton-shuttle.html

    I’m not happy about it
    I just want this over so I can get around the city.

  7. 7 David McClelland
    December 11, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t believe they’ve actually picketed university shuttles, there’s just been talk. That’s all at this point, to the best of my knowledge.

  8. December 13, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    nope. there was definite shuttle picketing!


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