Translink reduces bus service entire week of Xmas in Metro Vancouver

By , 22 November 2007 01:24

Courtesy of the Big Snit blog:

“The usual Christmas Day schedule will remain the same but on Monday, December 24, plus the Thursday and Friday following Boxing Day (December 27th and 28th), buses will be running on a Saturday schedule. Full story at News 1130.”

I guess all the Coast Mountain execs will be taking that week off, unlike 95% of the rest of the world who will be working.

By putting the entire week on holiday bus schedules, Coast Mountain is assuring riders there will be long lines and long waits for public transit. We should be encouraged to use transit to do our Christmas shopping, but the people who run our public transit clearly have decided we should all get in our cars and jam up city streets even more.

Want to complain?

Customer Relations representatives are available to speak with you from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday at 604-953-3040. You may also reach us by custrel@translink.bc.ca or by fax at 604-953-3663. Head office: 1600 – 4720 Kingsway Burnaby, British Columbia Canada V5H 4N2 Telephone: (604) 453-4500

Insane.

Update – My email to translink…

To: custrel@translink.bc.ca
Sent: 11/22/2007 12:47:41 AM
Subject: Why are you reducing service on the busiest days of the year?

Hello,

“The usual Christmas Day schedule will remain the same but on Monday, December 24, plus the Thursday and Friday following Boxing Day (December 27th and 28th), buses will be running on a Saturday schedule.”

http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article.jsp?content=20071121_172740_776

This is wrong. People go out

to shop [on Boxing Day and the days after]
to party
to visit friends

and they are still

working or
going to school or
to the library.

If there is less transit available, people will drive their cars more contributing to higher greenhouse gas emissions

This is not a sustainable option for a bus company.

I suggest you reverse your decision.

Regards,

Al
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