Bells Corners bus riders will be bearing the brunt of the transit cutbacks.
The 166 will have reduced hours of service, which may mean that bus travel between Bells Corners and Bayshore or Crystal Beach will be cut off at supper time seven days a week.
Minimum wage workers on the strip and in Bayshore will just have to buy a car or use active transportation (for many a long trudge home on the shoulder of an arterial road).
The 166 will operate from Bayshore Station to Nortel/Grandview, with the section to Bells Corners combined with Route 97. The section near Bell High School will be removed. Hours of service will be reduced.
The 97 will be extended to Bells Corners via Richmond with the section on Woodridge removed. No changes to the 69 express route are planned.
Some Bells Corners bus riders are tired of standing.
Another resident had this comment about bus service within Lynwood Village:
I live and work on Ridgefield Crescent, where my partner and I have a home office. This is one of the worst-served communities in Ottawa with respect to transit. Except during rush-hours when there is an express bus 10 minutes away on Richmond Road, it takes 45 or more minutes to get downtown by bus. Moreover, the distances to the nearest bus stops for much of Lynwood Village are considerably greater than the urban standard. This came about in part due to resistance from local ratepayers some 20 years ago or so, several years before I moved here with my family, to a proposal to run a bus along Ridgefield Crescent, which is a collector road in the subdivision. The decision to not provide bus service to this area has never been revisited.