LETTER: Bus lanes aren’t a solution for all commuters

One Langford resident notes B.C. Transit doesn’t fit in everyone’s schedules

Re: Colwood mayor calling for priority bus lanes on the TCH (Gazette, Sept. 20)

Thank you for putting out such a wonderful newspaper for our region. It’s an awesome way for everyone to be informed and with non-bias content as well. It’s a wonderful newspaper.

I just wanted to share my thoughts on the article regarding the Colwood crawl. The idea of taking one lane just for buses during rush hour is such a thoughtless idea. Basically, this proposal is to make the commuter’s life miserable enough to force them to take the bus in order to encourage people to give up driving to their destination. As I quote: “With more buses passing people stuck in traffic and more incentives to car pool, less vehicles would wind up in the Colwood Crawl, making it move faster for everyone.”

People commute in daily for many reasons other than just work. So the solution to force people to take the bus by making it miserable for them to drive is an insensitive solution. People have many different lifestyles with many different schedules. Designing a solution with a goal to essentially force everyone to take the bus is a very thoughtless idea. Public transportation is not a one size fits all solution.

I believe there are better solutions out there. But this will require our government officials to think outside the box, and be more innovative and more open to other ideas rather than come up with a solution based on ideology.

Jay Sanchez

Langford

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