Ottawans have transit on the brain: survey

Ottawa Business Journal

brain1Seventy-five per cent of those in Ottawa say transportation issues such as traffic and public transportation are the biggest facing the city, according to a new Angus Reid survey released Tuesday.

That was the highest percentage among large cities within the survey, commissioned by IBM, that polled more than 2,000 Canadians across the country on important issues facing cities such as public services, livability, economic development and education.

Across Canada, 48 per cent rated traffic and public transportation as the biggest issue facing their cities, though several urban centres followed closely behind Ottawa – Calgary at 70 per cent, Vancouver at 69 per cent, Toronto at 60 per cent and Montreal at 53 per cent. The percentage was typically highest in larger urban centres, IBM said.

“This survey provides some hard proof for what we have been hearing anecdotally from customers,” said Dan Fortin, president of IBM Canada Ltd., in a statement. “Continuing to do things the way we did them a century ago will not be good enough for Canada. Cities can become smarter by transforming systems through collaboration, new technologies, and interconnected systems.”

Vancouver received top marks as Canada’s most livable city, with 18 per cent of respondents giving it the thumbs-up in that regard.



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