Letters to the Editor

Think before spending cash on bus routes

To the Editor,

Re: Councillor seeks transit system budget increase, Feb. 11.

The Bulletin ran a front-page story of Coun. George Anderson boasting he was going to bring up a motion to get the Regional District of Nanaimo to expand transit service in the city. But at the board meeting he did not.

After all the grandstanding, looks like Anderson came to realize he did not have the support from colleagues to commandeer another $170,000 in taxes from residents while the City of Nanaimo is already in the midst of an $800,000 transportation study and the regional district is conducting a similar study.

Being chair of the city’s transportation advisory committee Anderson should definitely know better and wait for the results of over $1 million in studies or why spend the tax money for these surveys in the first place?

Going with a knee-jerk reaction is blindly putting more buses on the road before we know how many people would take them, what routes they’re needed on and the frequency they should run.

The homework was not completed.

B.M. Vries

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