Ottawa – New OC Transpo boss John Manconi was criticized after the launch of the new CATS-ONLY bus service earlier this week on account the feline transportation system will cost a reported $7 million. Using highly skilled cat drivers, the new cat bus service will be used to pick up cats from around the city and bring them to their requested destinations. The service excludes all human and canine passengers and could pose a safety hazard critics say. “We just saw a cat-bus veer off the road after a bird landed on the windshield, and the cat-driver got distracted.” said Ottawa Transportation Committee Head Jean Silvay, who thinks the new cat bus program could also escalate in terms of operational costs. “One cat bus driver costs upwards of $200,000 to properly train to operate a bus, and these dollars I think could be better spent on human bus services.” Silvay exclaimed.
The revolutionary new cat bus uses a trained cat to pick up other cats who wander the neighbourhood and charges a fare of 3 licks to the cat driver, who then stops at designated cat stops throughout the city. OC Transpo initiated the new bus service after complaints from human passengers that some cats were found on regular OC Transpo buses. OC Transpo boss John Manconi thinks the new cat bus is innovative in addressing the need for cat transport, and hopes others will see the benefits before dismissing the program. “These cats are highly skilled and can transport other cats all across the Nation’s Capital efficiently.” suggested Manconi. However one instance had a cat lose control of a bus after a squirrel ran in front of it and distracted the cat driver. No injuries were reported but the cat driver was given a warning by police.
Cats across the city seem to enjoy the new cat bus, and only had positive comments about the controversial service, with one cat passenger expressing excitement and loud purring. “Mew meow meow meow.” said Truffles, a tabby from Vanier who was making her way to visit Mittens the cat in Westboro on the new cat bus.
This article originally appeared on the-o-dot and is reprinted here with permission.