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Healthy Transportation Coalition backing aspects of Doucet transit plan

The agency says lower transit fares and making use of the Prince of Wales Bridge are all wins when it comes to the mayoral candidate's proposed plan.

The controversial transit plan launched by Ottawa mayoral candidate Clive Doucet was panned by several critics at the city, including the mayor. 

Jim Watson called the plan 'the most incoherent transit plan the City of Ottawa has ever seen.' 

But, there has been some support for the comprehensive plan that would see rail stretch out to Smiths Falls, Kinburn, Gatineau and Limoges. 

Trevor Haché, Vice President with the Healthy Transportation Coalition of Ottawa, explained to 1310 NEWS that reducing the cost of riding transit is a move in the right direction. 

"We've been trying to get the city to reduce the costs of the monthly Equipass, which is designed for people living on low incomes. We've said for years now that we think it's priced to high," he explained. "His other commitment to reduce the cost of transit every year, is excellent."

Haché said that getting the Prince of Wales Bridge restored quickly would allow people to walk and bike over to Gatineau, and eventually getting rail over the bridge would be even better. 

The other item sparking some interest is the regional rail line that would stretch out to communities beyond city borders. 

The coalition is in favour of seeing old rail lines put to use. 

"I think the fact that those rail lines are underused or not being used at all, is a missed opportunity," he said. "We would love to see many more investments by the federal and provincial and municipal governments in public transportation." 

Haché admits that he would like to hear more about what Doucet's proposed plan would cost. He is hopeful a full costed plan will be released ahead of the October election. 

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