Basic Needs and Preferences

Transit services are an important element of an equitable and efficient society. Urban transit, suburban transit and rural transit solutions each have their similar and unique challenges. Your responses will help inform solutions for transit within the rural areas and transportation to an OC Transpo transfer location.

The "Rural Transportation Solutions" team of interested residents and stakeholders is asking rural Ottawa residents what the important issues, concerns and potential options are when considering a range of transit solutions in rural Ottawa. 

Your information will not be shared or sold and will only be used for the purpose of this working group.

Before you start this survey, you may want to visit a summary of some existing rural transit solutions in and around Ontario to gain an appreciation of the range of possible Rural Transportation solutions. See a FlipBook presentation based on the work of the Rural Issues Collective at: http://online.fliphtml5.com/uuycy/ljnn/#p=1

The survey requires you to identify your Ward. If you are unsure, you may want to refer to the map and look-up tool  at: https://app.ottawa.ca/wardlookup/wardSearch.jsf?lang=en  to identify the Ward that you live in. 

Each adult or teen in a household can submit a separate/individual response.  If you are 13 years or older,  please take a few minutes to answer the following questions. Feel free to provide us with any additional comments at the end of the survey. 

For this survey, please base your responses on your normal (pre-pandemic) travel patterns

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* 1. Are your current travel needs different from pre-pandemic times?

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* 2. What Ward do you live in?

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* 3. What is your Postal Code?

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* 4. What is the nearest village to your home?

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* 5. Do you consider your home to be "inside" the village?

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* 6. What is the nearest road/street intersection to your residence?

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* 7. What age group do you belong to ?

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* 8. What different age groups live in your home? Please check all that apply.

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* 9. Is there a person with a disability in your home?

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* 10. Do you have a Drivers licence?

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* 11. How many motor vehicles are available to the people living in your household? Include cars, motorcycles, SUVs, light trucks and small vans.

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* 12. What are your primary modes of travel? Please rank at least your top two - with 1 being the most frequent. Anything that is not applicable please leave blank. For this survey, base your responses on your normal (pre-pandemic) travel patterns

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* 13. What are your most frequent travel destinations? Please rate at least your top two.  Anything that is not applicable please leave blank. For this survey, base your responses on your normal (pre-pandemic) travel patterns

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* 14. Rank the purpose of your most frequent types of trips. Please rank at least your top three. Anything that is not applicable please leave blank. For this survey, base your responses on your normal (pre-pandemic) travel patterns

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* 15. Where is your nearest OC Transpo bus stop? Do not include the weekly Free Shopping Bus. Please enter both street names or type "Don't Know."

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* 16. How frequently do you use OC Transpo – including LRT? For this survey, base your responses on your normal (pre-pandemic) travel patterns

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* 17. What is the time of day of your most frequent trips? For this survey, base your responses on your normal (pre-pandemic) travel patterns

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* 18. If a transportation service were available, where would you prefer to be picked up or dropped off? Please rank your preferences. 

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* 19. The fare cost of a publicly (government) supported system is generally in the range of $3 - $5. Fares for Public Private (part government, part business) Partnership arrangements may cost up to $15. 

Q: What would you consider to be a reasonable fare for a one-way trip to the nearest regular service OC Transpo bus stop?  Do not include the weekly  300-series Free Shopping Bus.

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* 20. Not-for Profit groups generally charge $10 for a rural round trip. 

Q: What do you consider a reasonable fare for a round-trip within your village/neighborhood/ward?

  $5 $10 $15 $20 other
To or within the nearest village
Within your ward

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* 21. Public service such as healthcare, police, fire, education, and public transit are all supported by taxes at different levels. In Ottawa's urban area, the cost of OC Transpo service is split approximately 50/50 between fares and residential tax revenue. This means  about $665 on the average urban residential tax bill for full transit service. Property owners in some Ottawa rural villages that have chosen a local rush-hour bus service have opted to pay what amounts to about $150 annually on the average residential a tax bill.

Q: How much of the cost should the rural taxpayer contribute towards a rural transportation solution for their village?

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* 22. Please provide any additional comments that you wish to send us. You may also email us using the CONTACT page at https://rural-transportation-solutions-for-ottawa.info/contact  

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* 23. Please  leave us your  name and email address if you want us to keep you informed of our progress.

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