Archive for the ‘Rider Stories’ category

– Can’t imagine daily bus rush

October 22, 2009

Peace Arch News

Letter to the Editor

I have not noticed any further comments on the new transportation arrangements to Vancouver.

Yesterday, I went “into town” to one of the art shops I patronize.

Previously, it took me 40-50 minutes to arrive at my destination. This time, the bus left White Rock Centre close to 5 p.m., with me arriving at the Broadway store at 6:40 – almost in tears.

A blooming disaster, if anyone would’ve asked me!

The Canada Line was standing room only – all the way – unable to find a comfortable spot where I felt secure. The 99 B-line was packed full, a young woman graciously ceded her seat to me. Great speed and dexterity used to “debus.”

The return trip was only one hour, but would not have been for my luck and age, as I was one of only four passengers that got on that bus – another 20 were left behind.

Three more minutes is nothing, you say. It adds up.

Standing squished next to driver, I dared ask if it is always this busy at this time. No, it is like this all day long, since the 98 B-line was taken out, he replied, just as gently.

Then, I was swept up to the Canada Line in mad rush. This time I, like most other rude people, walked on before all “detrained” and grab myself one of just a few seats available at that instant.

I do not understand why or how commuters accept this situation; can’t imagine this on a daily basis.

Alicia M.B. Ballard, White Rock

– Transit users with bad manners will be fined

October 17, 2009



Transit authorities are on right track with fines, says an etiquette expert

People who put their bags on empty seats. Riders who talk loudly on a cellphone on a crowded bus. The pungent odour of someone else’s Big Mac on a packed train. These transit transgressions aren’t exactly the end of civilization but they do point to a decline in North American civility, says a Toronto etiquette expert.

Linda Allan thinks the TTC did the right thing this week by imposing tougher fines on people who smoke on TTC property and commit other inconsiderate acts, such as putting their feet on the seats (either will now cost you $195).

The new bylaw is based on the practices of other transit systems, including Montreal’s, most of which use humour and subtle messages to encourage courtesy.

Apparently the time has come to put some teeth into the message, said Allan.


– Advocacy group pushes for universal U-Pass

October 17, 2009

The Ubyssey

By Lisa Fussell

Students across the province are pushing for a universal U-Pass for all Lower Mainland students and have created an advocacy group to better pressure the provincial government.

The group, called OnePassNow, formed in response to BC Premier Gordon Campbell’s May 2009 election campaign promise: If the Liberals were to win a third term, he would ensure that all college and university students in the province would receive U-Passes starting September 2010. The group includes students from Emily Carr and Vancouver Community College.


– CCTV pilot project focuses on Surrey crime hot spot

October 10, 2009

ED. Cameras do not prevent crime. It would be far more effective and less expense to hire security guards to patrol the stations and parking lots. What’s wrong with TransLink management?!

The Province, Vancouver, BC

By Kent Spencer

New closed-circuit television cameras at Scott Road SkyTrain station parking lot are watching over one of Surrey’s hot spots for crime.

The city’s crime-reduction manager, Colleen Kerr, hopes the 12 cameras, which were installed this summer and provide blanket coverage of the lot, will ultimately decrease auto thefts. (ED. Rather than hope something works, let’s implement a proven system to reduce crime).


– University bus loop blues

October 10, 2009

The Ubyssey

Piecing together the U-Blvd project

By Samantha Jung


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1. What isthe underground bus loop?

The underground bus loop is part of UBC’s plans to create a “university town” on campus, more commonly known as the “U-Blvd” project, and to replace the “temporary” bus loop on Wesbrook Mall. It was originally designed to go under a shopping mall and block of condos on University Boulevard to provide accessible transportation. According to former AMS VP Administration Tristan Markle, the university has scrapped the condo plan but is still going ahead with the $40 million bus loop project.


– School field trips on the decline

October 10, 2009

ED. Thanks to the Liberals and mismanagement at Translink…

Burnaby News Leader

The once ubiquitous school field trip has become an endangered species due to budget cuts and the challenge of finding transportation.

A simple visit to the Metrotown library branch wasn’t in the cards for Donna Hull’s Grade 7 class at Cascade Heights elementary until she found out TransLink was offering free transit to students as part of Walk to School Week.

Otherwise, chartering a bus is prohibitively expensive for most outings, at $300 to $400 per trip. And transit fare, at $3.50 per student, is too much to ask for many families.