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Archive for September 5th, 2007

Back-to-school transit jam panned

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The Province

This article takes a rather different line to the CBC news story I saw last night on TV. Then it was the “not so bad” line that Ken Hardie was spinning (and here too) – and the CBC served up a few vox-pops to support him. Today the Province‘s Frank Luba and Jack Keating are having none of it. They not only found some disgruntled passengers they also got Jim Houlahan and the President of the SFU student society to grouse too.

According to Houlahan, in September of last year 925 conventional-sized buses were used in the morning and 930 in the evening.

By December that improved to 949 in the morning and 967 in the afternoon.

“It was absolute madness out there even before the September crush,” said Houlahan, vice-president of Canadian Auto Workers Local 111.

“We’ve been passing people up all summer.”

I am not quite sure what that figure means. Does that mean he doesn’t count the artics or community shuttles at all? Or are they all converted into 40 ft equivalent units (like containers)?

Written by Stephen Rees

September 5, 2007 at 3:55 pm

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Greenway wins

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A little bit of futurism from Guy Dauncey. He imagines what BC will be like when the results of the next provincial electioon are announced. I hope he is right.

Written by Stephen Rees

September 5, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Posted in Transportation