Friends of the O-Train

Friends of the O-Train is transit group composed of a number of community leaders, rail and transit experts, and concerned taxpayers. Our goal has been to present practical rapid transit options for the National Capital Region, for open discussion with anyone.
Email: friendsoftheotrain (at)

Videos - recorded Sept 27, 2006

Nov 22, 2006:
Michael Slavitch, Kanata engineer, speaks to CBC Ottawa Morning on the FOTO plan. requires Real Player
His challenge to Larry O'Brien, which sparked the CBC interview is right here.


Nov 6, 2006: CKCU's Giacomo Panico interviews David Jeanes. David shares the merits of our plan to listeners.
Play the audio stream now.

Oct 30 Update:
David Jeanes describes our Practical Plan to CFRA listeners: 8 minute MP3.

The following videos were shot by James Blondeau - see more videos about the O-Train at his site: Tell Me Why (particularly this little gem, where Chiarelli states his dream).

Here Tim Lane explains why we went to Carleton, and our position on the city's proposed LRT project.

Tim talks turkey with Clive Doucet. He tells of a meeting with a VIA executive who expressed interest in using the VIA corridor for getting to Barrhaven. This would save well over $100M and make it a faster trip to downtown. Clive was unaware he signed off on the sale of the O-Trains. Oops.

Helen Gault (Director Planning/Chief, OC Transpo) on selling the O-Train. (she would otherwise mothball them). Ron and Tim ask about using the Trains for going into Gatineau or using them elsewhere on welded rail lines elsewhere in Ottawa. Helen claims 93% of her passengers heading to teh centre go to downtown and not into Gatineau. (An interprovincial transit study has begun and we recently learned that the NCC is no longer a part of that, leaving the two cities to work it out).

Helen explains her Express Bus strategy - fewer more frequent routes means people will have to walk further. (And how will this reduce buses anyway?)

A 3 year shutdown of the O-Train is not necessary.


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