Transit fare system akin to killing the golden goose

It should be obvious that people will do anything to avoid giving in to a group which believes it has an unlimited source of revenue

Editor: It seems, at least according to an article I read in the Langley Times, that BC Transit is at it again, crying poverty.

They should remember their childhood stories when wondering about the drop in revenue. I am referring, of course, to the one in which the giant kills the golden goose because he was trying to make it lay more golden eggs.

You see, they always had a moral. Do these people live in a parallel world detached from reality?

It should be obvious that people will do anything to avoid giving in to a group which believes it has an unlimited source of revenue.

Only 15 minutes to the south our American neighbours pay 15 cents a litre in gas tax. We pay 45 cents and they want to add more. Didn’t we just pay another two cents for carbon tax? This is becoming a joke.

I have some novel ideas.

How about we try a user-pay formula for all transit and ensure that all who ride the SkyTrain actually pay for it.

Perhaps we should think about improving a system that, at present, is just OK if you want to get to a shopping mall.

What about the folks who need a ride to work in an industrial park?

Remember, the goal is to get them out of their cars. Depending on where you live, it currently takes two buses to go from Walnut Grove to Willowbrook Mall.

Why should drivers always provide support for a system they don’t use?

Why should we be taxed several ways to support a system and its leaders who, quite frankly, could not organize a children’s party?

When our leaders ask how are we going to pay for the new highways my answer would be what did you do with the funds that were collected from baby boomers 40 years ago under the guise of building better roads and health care, everyone knows Highway 1 from the Port Mann bridge is the same as it was in the the late ’60s except for the odd pot hole they have filled.

Please let us all get these pigs away from the public trough. Bring back some accountability or the standard of living in this country will continue to be eroded

P G Taylor,

Langley