McKenney: “I’ll get you out of traffic”

McKenney’s transportation plan will ease traffic for drivers while making transit more convenient, and protecting the environment.

OTTAWA, October 1, 2022 — Today, mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney unveiled their commitment to ease traffic in Ottawa, shorten commute times, and lower emissions.

“I am committed to getting you out of traffic, so you can get where you need to go on time,” said McKenney. “The close-down of the 417 this weekend and domino effects on road congestion across the city remind us why diverse options for getting around save us time and stress.”

McKenney’s transportation plan will put those options within reach. Some people will always need to drive. But offering everybody multiple convenient options for getting around will make our city a better place to live and do business. Public and active transit benefits drivers by taking thousands of cars off the road.

McKenney’s transportation plan will get you out of traffic and on to your destination. They’ll do this by making it easier and safer for people to use public transportation, walk, or cycle. This will reduce road congestion and make all forms of transportation easier.

“As Mayor, I will bring in a plan that’s based on evidence, that gives you options that make life more convenient and save you time, while being better for the environment too.” 

McKenney’s transportation plan will make transit more reliable and affordable. Their plan for safe cycling, which is completely cost-neutral, will free up our roads and make it easier for more people to cycle if they want to. Catherine’s proposal for safe cycling is a cost-neutral investment, funded via a green bond, where the total cost (both principal and interest) is equivalent to what the city would spend on safe cycling over a 25-year period. Here’s the difference: with Catherine’s plan, Ottawa will get the bike infrastructure built quicker, easing traffic, and reducing our emissions. 

“Every driver wants options for their whole family. A transportation plan that relies on division instead of evidence is out of date. My approach to transportation is about giving everyone the options they need to get around, while building a healthy city and embracing bold climate action.”

McKenney’s transportation plan draws from their years of experience working at City Hall as well as being a City Councillor for the past eight years to create an evidence-based approach to transportation and easing traffic. 


Catherine McKenney is running for Mayor to make Ottawa the greenest, healthiest, and most connected city in Canada. For more information visit

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