The Ottawa Light Rail Show      

The Ottawa Light Rail Show is part of our Future Clock -T minus 20 Years project about building better cities. It is designed to help you understand issues that will affect you and your family in the future.


With the announcement by the City of Ottawa to build a billion dollar urban transportation network over the next several years, a group known as Transport 2000 Canada  has developed  a series of logical, cost saving ideas.


 `A Simple Plan' is a collection of short videos explaining a number of Transport 2000 ideas on how to get Ottawa's Light Rail system working sooner, more effectively and for less money. 



A Simple Plan


   Part 1 - Use Existing Rail Lines


   Part 2 - Dows  Lake Tunnel


   Part 3 - Use The Inter-city Rail Bridge


   Part 4 - High Cost - How to Save  Money


   Part 5 - The Ottawa Central Railway Offer


   Part 6 - Urban Air & Sound Pollution


   Part 7 - Ottawa Light Rail Driver Interview


Urban transportation is an essential part of any populated area. The reasons to support a light rail system seem

simple enough. These include decreasing traffic congestion and lowering pollution counts to acceptable levels. With the ever changing cost of oil,  many automobile drivers in Ottawa are looking at urban light rail transportation as a possible option.



Snowstorm and Traffic Jam

December 2005



Videos Coming Soon



 Ottawa Valley Connections


How to Join Transport 2000


The Transport 2000 Video Hosts

David Jeanes

David Jeanes' engineering career in high-tech, (specifically research and
development for corporate, national, and global data networks), and his
volunteer career, (as a researcher and executive in public transportation
advocacy), both span 32 years. Though retired from the high-tech industry,
he is still a professional engineer, and remains very active in his role as
president of the national advocacy group, Transport 2000 Canada.




Tim Lane

Tim Lane rode the streetcars to school in the 1950's. He worked for Bell Northern Research, and its successor,
Nortel, for 28 years. He became involved with promoting better
public transit in Ottawa in 1994. His efforts contributed to the
start up and success of Ottawa's O-Train system. He has since
been active with the Friends of the O-Train, promoting cost
effective solutions to Ottawa's transit problems.



David Gladstone

David Gladstone holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering and has worked for the Department of National Defence for 29 years. He has been actively involved in Ottawa planning and transportation issues since 1993, including supporting the development of the succesful O-Train light rail transit service. He founded Friends of the O-Train in 1996 with the objective of maintaining and expanding this transit service in order to complement bus service on shared and dedicated roads. He was a founding member of the City of Ottawa's Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee and is Associate Editor of the Centretown BUZZ.


Klaus Beltzner

Klaus worked in the federal government for 20 years, and the
next 20 years as an international management consultant.
Klaus holds a B.Sc (McGill) M.Math. (Waterloo) and MBA (Ottawa).
Klaus has been active with the Friends of the O-Train since October,


Ron Rancourt

Ron is an IT worker for the Federal Government. He has been active in
promoting sustainable transportation and green space preservation in
the Ottawa region. Currently he is coordinator for a new college
course on converting gas vehicles to electric power.


Harry Gow

Harry Gow, (Chelsea, Québec) is a former U. of Ottawa criminology teacher
now working on rail and transit as a consultant, a recall of early work for
Canadian Pacific Railway. He recently served on the Ottawa Mayor's Task
Force on Transport. He is the President of les Transports Collectifs des
Collines and was co-founder of Transport 2000 Canada.


George Plunket

George Plunket is a retired Ottawa Light Rail O'Train driver. He has 30 years experience in urban transport in Ottawa. His opinions are his own and this interview describes  his ideas and views on improving the system for the benefit of transit riders.


Michael Kostiuk

Michael Kostiuk is geography teacher with a master’s degree in geography. Michael has worked on various projects in the fields of Education, Coastal Zone Management, Mapping, International Trade, and Sustainable Development both in Canada as well as internationally.


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Video  Production

James Blondeau

Tingting Wang

YSC 94 Video Crew



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