Transit needs to be frequent, reliable

Tonight I am looking at the schedule offered on bus route 6, Chemainus-Crofton.

I am dismayed at what I find. Is this system operated for the convenience of the transit system or for the public? A transit system worthy of the name keeps a regular schedule between communities during business hours, 6 a.m.-12 p.m., hourly at a minimum.

Anyone who wants to go swimming in the evening or come over for dinner in Chemainus has to drive or find someone to do it.

Forget the big buses except where the rush hour is… big.

Put small cars, mini vans on the road. Whatever needs be done.

People won’t use the system if it is not regular and frequent, day-to-day. Transit is the clock that regulates social life.

When it stops, people stay home instead of driving at night, cheap gas or not.

The muni doesn’t have too many choices; it’s either that or keep rolling up the sidewalks at 5 p.m. People won’t use it until it’s in place.

This would, in my opinion greatly stimulate the local economy and joie de vivre.

A good New Year to all, in our lovely Cowichan Valley.

Fernand Prince

Somewhere between Chemainus and Crofton