Metro Ottawa/Alex Boutilier Julie Lalonde, with Hollaback! Ottawa wants a public awareness campaign dedicated to educating people on what they can do when harassment happens on public transit.

One of Ottawa’s most outspoken transit activists is cautiously optimistic about the high-level outline of OC Transpo’s new safety plan.

Julie Lalonde of Hollaback! Ottawa has been pushing the transit service to start an education campaign for months. Lalonde said Wednesday she was glad to see one included in OC Transpo’s safety plans.

“There were quite a few victories this morning (at transit commission),” said Lalonde. “One of them being there is going to be an emphasis on education and there’s going to be an emphasis on just highlighting existing services.”

“Our philosophy has always been if you have great services, but nobody knows about them, they’re useless.”

OC Transpo also pledged to extend its Safe Stop program, which allows people to request the driver let them off closer to their destination after dark. Currently, the service is available after 9 p.m., but starting in September, the hours will be extended to after 7 p.m.

Lalonde said OC Transpo has scheduled another meeting with women’s advocacy groups for Sept. 9, following an initial meeting last June. The meeting is to figure out

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