Use of public transit needs review

 

By Bruce Rhodes

 

June 9, 1998

 

Re: May 31 article, Growth to increase taxes 3% annually for 15 years.

 

More buses? Really?

 

I was dismayed to learn the Town plans to buy 63 buses for Richmond Hill Transit over the next 20 years.

 

I have been a resident and taxpayers since 1988 and have all too often observed Richmond Hill buses driving by with not one passenger on board.

 

I am a big proponent of public transit and am happy to have my taxes subsidize, if need be, those bus runs that take students to and from school, but I cannot abide all of the empty Richmond Hill Transit buses I see almost daily.

 

The bus routes, frequency of the runs and size of the buses used warrant review.

 

I recently observed a full-sized bus driving around Lake Wilcox at 6 p.m. on a Saturday with no passengers; how can this be seen as anything but an extravagance?