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The best councillor tweets from the Ottawa Transit Challenge

The Ottawa transit challenge was a popular topic on social media.
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OC Transpo bus in downtown Ottawa, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)
Over the past week, Ottawa’s city councillors have been, in a rare touch of populism, riding the buses this week as part of the so-called Transit Challenge. The idea, started by Free Transit Ottawa is simple: give up your car for a week, and avail yourself of the services of OC Transpo. The Transit Challenge is a lot of things to a lot of different people. Some were fully on board: Coun. Glen Gower upped the ante and says he is going to take the bus for the rest of the month. Others, like Coun. Scott Moffatt, were less supportive:

But whatever you think of the Transit Challenge, and whether it will bring any real change to Ottawa transit, one thing is for sure — the councillors tweeted through it. We rounded up some of our favourites:

When you start in Stittsville, the transit challenge gives you some time to work on your photography. 

Coun. Shawn Menard, one of the most vocal transit advocates on council, hopes that the transit challenge will get councillors to hop on the bus more often. The transit challenge brought councillors directly to some of the most frustrating and impactful problems that transit riders face every day. 

 It is hard, but deeply necessary, to drink coffee on the morning bus. 

 There were selfies taken. So many selfies. Others learned the hard way, that riding the bus is largely about preparation — and one councillor was made a bit late as a result. And some found time for friends.
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