Tammie Sloup, Regional Editor
Anyone who’s traveled through Ottawa, even on a limited basis, has likely experienced being stopped at a rail crossing for 10 minutes or more. As you throw your car into park, let out a sigh, you see the train cars grind to a stop.
Then, to top it off, the train cars start moving in the opposite direction as the cars are switched out. We even have a name for it – the “Ottawa pause.” And it usually happens when you’re running late, at least to me. A couple years ago, about 100 residents met to compile a list of top 12 priorities for the city.
Building underpasses and overpasses for the city’s multiple railroad crossings ranked No. 9. Another item on the list, at No. 4, was increasing passenger rail, which I’m also onboard with. But reducing the “Ottawa pause” is tops for me, not just for convenience but public safety.