Transit in Greater Victoria baffles rider

B.C. Transit, LRT light rail

Welcome to a new session of B.C. Transit, whose motto is if you are riding our buses, we want to know why, so we can stop it.

After years of painstaking planning to ensure your connecting bus pulls away just as you arrive on schedule, Victoria transit planners (an oxymoron if ever there was one) now turn to the mystery tour. They already built the Royal Oak exchange to confuse riders. The most obscene portions were blended in to the McTavish roundabout.

Now Transit has resorted to masking tape and crayons to baffle the rider at Royal Oak.  Some bus numbers on stops are partially covered with tape and crayon marks are plastered about with printed sheets pointing hither and thither. Catch the #70 on the flyover, one notice exhorts. Flyover? Longing for jolly old England and its roundabouts and circuses, by Jove. If they mean the overpass, which is half a kilometre away, say so.

September is coming and with it new fares, new taxes, less service and more confusion. And municipalities want to trust a billion-dollar LRT system to these folk?

Patrick Murphy

Victoria