To the Editor,
Re: Any kind of bridge makes zero sense, Letters, April 18.
Like an ostrich that buries its head in the sand, Bill Gard buries his mind to the only practical solution to the never-ending increase in ferry costs.
Ask the residents of P.E.I. if a bridge makes sense. Ask the people living in North and West Vancouver if a bridge makes sense. Ask the people living in Maple Ridge if a bridge makes sense.
I, for one, would attend more events that only a city the size of Vancouver can host if I knew that I could travel at any time, day or night back and forth to the mainland.
I would not be trapped into making reservations to go somewhere on a holiday weekend because I was afraid I might not get there, or home, at a time I wanted. I’m sure tourists would feel the same about coming to Vancouver Island.
Yes, the capital costs for a bridge, or bridges, is high. Yes, there are earthquake threats.
But, technology exists to overcome all these and other problems. Look at some of the engineering feats that have already been carried out elsewhere.
I agree no public transit will ever pay for itself, but I want to be able to pay for access through tolls for my private transit.
Besides, the economic benefits of continuous connection to the mainland would help pay for the bridges.