So that’s where my $4/month is going…

The provincial government announced an ambitious $14 billion plan today to expand and improve transportation around the Lower Mainland and the rest of BC. However, there is mixed reaction from people and politicians in the Fraser Valley to the plan.


I hate to sound like a grumpy person, but since I paid $99 for the month of January 2008 for a two-zoner, I can’t say I’ve really noticed an increase in my satisfaction with the whole bus experience. Where I notice it the most is in rush-hour coming home from downtown. We are all crammed in the bus with the bus driver yelling at us to move back, “Keep moving back, people! WAY BAAAAAAACK!” It’s like this every night on the way home. The SFU bus clears out by the time it gets to Hastings and Gilmore, but up to that point, it’s not a relaxing ride.

Perhaps I could be a bit more patient then with the changes. I’ve noticed the newer buses on the route I take are hybrid buses (partial battery powered to cut down on fuel, so YAY for that!) but they include fewer seats so there’s more room for stand ups. I can see that being a bit more appropriate for quick downtown rides, but all the way out to Burnaby? Well, I’m back to being grumpy again. If only I could run the show, right? JUST KIDDING.

4 Comments so far

  1. Barbara Doduk (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 11:01 am

    I have never understood the idea of being able to stand in a bus. For that matter not having seat belts in buses, specially school buses… I suppose there aren’t very many bus accidents, but the whole idea of cramming people into these vehicles seems odd to me.

  2. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 12:17 am

    The whole thing about standing on buses is that they have astoundingly low accident rates. Basically, they’re big slow vehicles driven carefully by professional drivers, and it’s not a big risk to stand on such a vehicle.

    Standees of course increase capacity per bus, which is an unalloyed good thing.

  3. Jak New (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 11:38 am

    Oooohhh…..careful on your use of “professional driver”. Perhaps “drivers, some of which are” should precede it. Could just be me. J.

  4. Mayur (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 9:45 am

    Oh dear. I am concerned to hear of your Hastings bus story. I just bought a place at Hastings and Holdom and I will taking the “public limousine” home every day from downtown as well. Is it really like that every day??

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