Salwan Bahia smiled warmly on a cold winter day.
“It’ll be a lot more convenient,” said the 18-year old university student, as he waited for his bus from a downtown Ottawa shopping mall on Dec. 18, 2017. “There’ll be no more traffic, so it’ll be better for me.”
“It’ll definitely shorten the commute time so it’s not as tiring,” chimed in fellow student Nihar Dave, standing beside him.
Nearby, 36-year-old economist Beryl Li said she was “absolutely” excited: “The buses get all piled up…and the whole downtown core is just jammed.”
A bus pulled up, featuring a bright red advertisement aboard that proclaimed: “Ready for rail.”