LETTER: Transit trashers are out of touch

Having relocated to the Peninsula in this decade and having experienced public transit globally, I scratch my head at the local transit bashers and those who feel they are entitled to a free ride.

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As an active retiree, I use the 70/72, extensively and other routes, to Langford and Oak Bay frequently. I find BC Transit in the CRD is, for the most part, as good as and many times, better than, any I’ve used, anywhere.

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Drivers and the customer service phone line, are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, although, I have noticed a slight increase in grumpy drivers over the past few months. Perhaps that is due to more new hires seeing it as a job rather than a pleasant position that, compared to elsewhere in the world, it really is.

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Forget the YYJ whiners. There is a private enterprise shuttle that can take up any slack there.

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Forget the free rides. The fare structure is extremely equitable, but sometimes it rubs a bit, knowing it costs the same $2.50 to travel from Sidney or Sooke to Swartz Bay. But hey, it’s still a good deal.

I think transit woes are a result of too long on the island, being accustomed to a pampered life and having a slower pace.

People, who work in Sidney and complain about the daily commute from Royal Oak, via any mode, are a perfect example of being out of touch.

Ron Baker

Sidney

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