Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has taken to social media on Thursday, to apologize for an LRT-related joke that he made at an event on Wednesday night. While Mayor Jim Watson’s LRT joke was well received by the audience at the event, there’s been some criticism of his comments online, and he’s taken to Twitter to say sorry.\nFor many of Ottawa’s commuters, there’s absolutely nothing funny about the city’s new LRT system, which has had seemingly endless problems since it was launched back in September.\nThanks to lengthy delays, cancellations and severe overcrowding issues, the system has seriously disrupted the lives of thousands of Ottawans, and an actual support group had to be set-up to help anxious passengers deal with the LRT nightmare.\nSo when Mayor Jim Watson attended an event on Wednesday and cracked a joke about the city's LRT system, some Ottawans were not too impressed with his lighthearted take on the situation.\n"Sorry I was late, I was waiting for the LRT," Watson joked while at Ottawa Tourism's 24th annual Stars of the City recognition evening.\nWatson followed up by adding, "That was the end of the LRT jokes!"\nWhile the crowd at the event laughed in response to Watson’s jokes, some of Ottawa’s commuters didn’t think the situation was a laughing matter at all.\nTonight at Ottawa Tourism’s Stars of the City Awards @JimWatsonOttawa cracks joke about LRT problems: “Sorry I was late I was waiting for the LRT” @ctvottawa #ottawa #ottnews #ottlrt #otttransit pic.twitter.com/a2ADntpLAc— Christina Succi (@CTVChristina) November 14, 2019\nOne transit user responded to Watson’s comments by saying, “How can you be so tone deaf? I’ve no words for this pathetic joke ...I guess he believes that as a politician he can make fun of peasants who have no choice but to rely on the transit mess that he created."\nAnother replied with a similar message, adding, “I’ll let you know if it’s funny tomorrow morning, with my continual nightmare commute from Richmond to downtown. And back."\nA third wrote, “Not funny when people are in danger of losing their jobs over being repeatedly late."\nHow can you be so tone deaf? I’ve no words for this pathetic joke told by @JimWatsonOttawa. I guess he believes that as a politician he can make fun of peasants who have no choice but to rely on the transit mess that he created. #ottnews #ottLRT #octranspo #OttawaLRT #ottpoli https://t.co/xqN4GjpzL5— Lambert (@colbeta_) November 14, 2019\nI’ll let you know if it’s funny tomorrow morning, with my continual nightmare commute from Richmond to downtown. And back. Sometimes. #hellrt #lrt #ottawa #transit #nightmare #Iwantmybusback pic.twitter.com/PruyrPxxC7— Tamara Pyke (@TamaraPyke) November 14, 2019\nHis worship joking about citizens hardships really @JimWatsonOttawa ? https://t.co/Z8uQ28PjZx— Ottawa Transit Riders (@OttTransitRider) November 14, 2019\nNot funny when ppl are in danger of losing their jobs over being repeatedly late— Teena Stoddart (@stoddatm) November 14, 2019\nAfter realizing that his comments had clearly offended some of Ottawa’s commuters, Watson took to Twitter to apologize for his LRT joke.\nOn Thursday morning, the Mayor tweeted, “I wish to apologize sincerely for the self-deprecating comments I made last night at an event. These were not intended to minimize the significant challenges that commuters have faced since the launch of LRT.”\nIn a follow-up tweet, he added, “I strongly believe that LRT is the right investment for Ottawa’s transit system, economy and environment. I want to thank Ottawa residents for their patience, as we continue to work on improving the system’s performance issues.”\n1/2 I wish to apologize sincerely for the self-deprecating comments I made last night at an event. These were not intended to minimize the significant challenges that commuters have faced since the launch of LRT.— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) November 14, 2019\n2/2 I strongly believe that LRT is the right investment for Ottawa’s transit system, economy and environment. I want to thank Ottawa residents for their patience, as we continue to work on improving the system’s performance issues.— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) November 14, 2019\nJim Watson has acknowledged the ongoing LRT issues on several occasions, taking to Twitter earlier this month to call-out the “awful experience” of riding on the new transit system.\nLast week, the Mayor proposed introducing a three-month LRT fare freeze, in an attempt to make up for the terrible experiences that Ottawa travellers have had on the system since September.\nIt has not yet been confirmed whether or not this fare freeze will happen.\n1/2 To say I am furious with the poor performance of our LRT system is an understatement. Both RTG and RTM will be held to account for the problems that have frustrated our very patient transit users.— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) November 1, 2019\n2/2 I'm meeting with the City’s senior leadership this morning and will provide the public later today with a plan to fix the system on a short and longer term basis. In the meantime, I apologize for the awful experience so many residents have experienced over the last few weeks.— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) November 1, 2019\nDespite initially being very positive about the city's new LRT, it seems that even Jim Watson has had enough of all of the new transit system.\nAfter weeks and weeks of complaining from Ottawa's commuters, it remains to be seen if Mayor Watson can get this situation back on track.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.