Editor: “You can’t get there from here” will be a common cry from underserved commuters in Langley if the upcoming transit funding referendum fails. My family found having two cars a financial burden. I decided that, as I work in Cloverdale, riding the bus would be an affordable alternative. The people I see on the bus need reliable transit to get to work.
It would be difficult for most small businesses to rely on a workforce that could not afford to get to work. Underfunding public transit would be a devastating blow for the “little guy.”
Elderly and disabled people have been devastated by a HandyDart funding freeze. Without adequate funding, HandyDart riders will be robbed of their health and quality of life. My 91- and 92-year-old mother and father, who rely on HandyDart, would be devastated by further erosion of HandyDart.
If people vote no, they may be expressing their anger at TransLink mismanagement. Anger should be expressed, at those truly responsible for debacles past and present.
The provincial government dumped the responsibility of building mega bridges on TransLink. The provincial government created a sham of governance by removing mayors and appointing corporate shills to the TransLink board.
The provincial government pours money into LNG development, despite all advice to the contrary. The provincial government robs working people of the democratic right to resist power giveaways with Site C Dam. TransLink’s strings are controlled by a cruel puppet master.
A vote in favor of transit funding is a vote to provide working people, a growing aging population and disabled people dignity. The real vote against ineptitude is a vote against the BC Liberal government in the next election.