Barrhaven's traffic chaos: 'It's a battle every day'

By Gary Dimmock, Ottawa Citizen, January 30, 2019

Jan Harder drove to her city hall job last week and it took two and a half hours for the full 23-kilometre trek from her Barrhaven home.

The Barrhaven councillor is at the point now where some days she doesn’t know what to tell residents about the snarled traffic and unreliable city buses that sometimes arrive late and already full with everyone else fighting to get downtown from the suburb named after a developer.

“It’s a battle every day. It’s the number 1 issue and frustration, no matter the mode of transportation. You know we need to do better,” Harder says.

Some Barrhaven residents spend three hours on an OC Transpo bus commuting to and from work downtown. (That’s just two minutes shy of the running time for the 1995 epic war film Braveheart.)

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