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The Moose Consortium plan makes efficient and effective use of existing corridors and infrastructure in ways that are complementary to each municipality's current transit operations, plans and priorities.
All three of the inter-provincial railway lines selected for the Moose service intersect with the Ottawa LRT and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes. Two of them intersect with Gatineau's Rapibus BRT. The Moose Consortium approach is also adaptable to future priorities of these two cities, and the smaller municipalities of the region.
Municipalities will be able to accomplish their core transit objectives earlier and at lower cost. Operation of regional passenger rail on the existing railway corridors by the Moose Consortium offers a way to increase transit services without burdening each municipality's capital or expenditure plans, and it can even reduce pressure on both cities' capital and operating budgets.
The Moose Consortium service will reduce the requirement for OC-Transpo buses to cross into Gatineau, and for STO buses to cross into Ottawa. More generally, it will free up part of each city's bus fleet, to enable improved bus allocation for better service and/or cost reduction. It will reduce the demand for additional bus or park&ride lots serving people from surrounding municipalities.
Municipal transit operators can focus more directly on priorities appropriate to their own jurisdictions. The Moose Consortium governance model respects each municipality's autonomy and authority, while at the same time, enabling continuity of passenger experience across all the jurisdictions of the National Capital Region.

Socio-Economic Resilience of the National Capital Region

The population of each neighbourhood of Canada's National Capital Region is functionally integrated with the whole region, in terms of employment, business, access to services, post-secondary education, recreation, culture, social and family networks, ecological landscape, and other factors.
The socio-economic resilience of both urban and rural communities throughout this region in coming decades will be enhanced with cost-effective, prompt, comfortable and ecologically sound regional passenger rail service that integrates with other transit, including existing bus services, the new OLRT and Rapibus systems, as well as cycling, pedestrian and automobile infrastructure.
A reliable and convenient whole-region passenger rail service makes regional job-mobility, and regional tourism, simpler and more affordable. It will help people reduce their automobile ownership, usage and support costs. That money will be turned to other purposes.
Taxpayers have a direct interest in the effective maintenance and efficient use of existing capital infrastructure that serves the general advantage of Canada, and of the people in the National Capital Region. Moose Inc.'s own revenue model works best when we help the regional economy become more productive. By serving the entire region, the Moose Consortium will have the scale required to ensure high quality infrastructure maintenance and development. Investment risk and liability risk will be distributed amongst multiple parties of the Moose Consortium.
Moose Inc.'s use of existing railway corridors will revitalize areas where development has historically been, generating new opportunities for residential and commercial development near stations. And since the Moose approach defers station ownership, development and management decisions to municipal and community processes, each station or platform will reflect the character of its community. We openly share transit data and regional transit model information as a public resource it assembles, in order to help other private and public stakeholders in regional transit enhance their decisions as investors, planners and customers.
In sum, Moose Inc. recognizes that residents of Canada's National Capital Region live and work throughout this region in a fully integrated way. Our business concept emphasizes:
  • “Whole region” service
  • Multisector consortium, to include existing transit agencies
  • Optimize & synergize existing rail with all modes of mobility
  • Early backbone services, with incremental enhancement
  • Jobs via tangible improvement to regional economic efficiency
  • Pragmatic creativity on a restricted budget