I fear a future with much greater than five-minute delays to commutes along our downtown corridors (and elsewhere) if we don't support and improve the bus lane.
By Andrew Pettit
Published January 08, 2015
In December I wrote a letter to Council encouraging them to wait for the bus lane report before supporting Ward 5 Councillor Chad Collins' motion to remove it.
Now the report has arrived and I'm writing to share my support for council to heed the recommendation to keep and improve the bus lane.
I'm discouraged by the comments from Councillor Terry Whitehead that the report's author was not objective and was only justifying predetermined conclusions.
"I've never believed for a moment that the individuals that have been involved in developing this report have been objective. I think they went with the mindset that this is the best thing to do and they try to justify it."
Council should give greater respect and consideration to the staff hired as content area experts in their roles and the work they produce.
The accusation is particularly ironic given Mr. Whitehead's comments in The Spectator back on Dec. 9, weeks before the report was released:
But Councillor Terry Whitehead said Monday he's ready to end the pilot even without seeing the detailed statistics. "I've made up my mind," he said.
The future development of our city will rely on strong transit and the strong transportation network it will help support. Please don't take us back to the drawing board yet again.
Heed the report's recommendations and make the iterative changes and incremental improvements to the bus lane to move us forward.
I fear a future with much greater than five-minute delays to commutes along our downtown corridors (and elsewhere) if we don't.
This article was adapted from a letter to Council.
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