Letter: TransLink buses useless to and from Aldergrove

Dear Editor,

I live in Aldergrove, and to get from my home to my place of employment at 200th Street would take me an hour and 45 minutes, assuming I made my connection in Langley City.

Driving takes me 20 minutes, plus five minutes on a “bad” traffic day.

To use the bus for a 4-8 p.m. shift, I have to leave my home no later than 2 p.m. so I can walk to the closest bus stop, and hope I catch the connector and still have time to walk/run to my place of employment.

I have not a hope of getting home by bus.

Given the possibility that I did have access to a bus to get home, I’d to leave my home at 2 p.m. and maybe get home by 10 p.m.

That makes for a long day for a four-hour shift, when I can do all that in less than five hours by car.

Which trip would you vote for?

I used to live is Coquitlam, and I always took the bus from Austin (with a stop at Lougheed Mall) into downtown to the foot of Burrard. That took about one hour and 20 minutes – enough for an hour snooze, and the bus was always full and provided the necessary service.

Out here, the service doesn’t support the community, because it takes too long to get anywhere on it.

We need smaller buses with more frequent access.

Now they’re talking about a vehicle tax.

There is no way I would support a vehicle tax to support a system that is broken. I’m already paying too much to support this broken system. It provides me with no service, and I have no interest in paying into it anymore.

Play with numbers all you like, but those of us who live south of the Fraser River should not have to pay for the comfort and generous services received by those to the nort. We are asked to pay up front for services that we don’t receive now and won’t for years to come.

D. Atkinson, Aldergrove

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