Letters: TransLink referendum unfair to seniors and disabled

Dear Editor,

LNG, Site C, The Massey Replacement – each is going to make a dent in taxpayers’ pockets to the tune of billions of dollars. 

Despite the cost, no referendum is being held to ask whether the electorate desired these expenditures. In fact, there are many who feel that these projects will hurt the environment.

There will be, however, a referendum on a basic right for British Columbians: transit. 

In Seattle, when their referendum was lost, massive cuts ensued to this important service.

HandyDART passengers are not receiving the service they deserve, due to a funding freeze. HandyDART users are being forced to suffer with band-aid solutions that would not be acceptable to the able-bodied community. 

No reasonable person questions the benefit of having seniors and disabled people having safe, standardized public transportation. 

If the referendum is lost, the provincial government will force TransLink to decimate transit. 

Christy Clark is gambling with the future of HandyDART. Hopefully the public will vote in favour of funding for this essential service. 

Mark Beeching, Langley

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