To the Editor,
Re: Is this the end of the line? April 9.
The safety shut down of the Dayliner is as expected.
Prior to establishing schedule changes from a tourist service to a commuter service, a stalling study had to be instigated. This was when the Dayliner tourist traffic fell off due to global financial uncertainty and the resulting overall tourist decline.
Also, the right-wing ideology of corporations these days is to milk the infrastructure dry rather than invest in maintenance.
Present corporate practises are to run down and beg for grants of tax funds and tax concessions. It is popular to cry for tax-backed infrastructure rebuilding as a revenue device.
Thus it is easy to assume the corporate managers never had any intentions to convert to commuter service or they would have done so or had a trial pilot by now.
With the B.C. Liberals giving away the public commons and stripping resources and taxes off the backs of the B.C. public, it also follows that this is just another B.C. Liberal giveaway scheme.
Why not rework the rail contracts to include monthly maintenance budgets instead of letting the freight beat the rail down?