It’s “I Love Transit Week” and TransLink is celebrating what people love about the city’s buses, trains, ferries and SeaBuses. But Metro wanted to know: Do Vancouver commuters really love transit? We took to the streets to find out.
Commuters who stopped to speak with Metro on Tuesday were generally happy with transit in the city, especially if they had moved to Vancouver from other parts of the country.
Stephen Molaro, 26, said his commute was usually quick and convenient. “I went to university in Regina and the transit system was sketchy,” he said. “I lived six blocks away from campus and it took me 45 minutes and I had to take two buses to get there.” Molaro either walked or got a ride to school. He never took the bus.
Devon Forbes, a 25-year-old musician, agreed that Vancouver transit was efficient compared to his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont. But he felt there should be more security personnel in the SkyTrain cars and platforms.
“I’ve seen people on the Expo Line shooting up heroin,” said Forbes, who rides the SkyTrain late at night after band practice. “I was terrified. I sounded the alarm, but we had to wait until we pulled into the next station until security came. It was bad.”
The Expo Line is also a nuisance for 32-year-old Robyn Bayles. She and her 11-month-old daughter, Scotia, have an easy time getting in and out of SkyTrain stations and buses. “The bus drivers are really well mannered,” she said. But “it’s hard to find a good spot on the old 1986 trains. There just isn’t much room at all for strollers, bicycles or wheelchairs.”
|Kat Espiritu, 24: “I think it’d be good for Vancouver if the SkyTrain was 24 hours. If the SkyTrain were to run through the night, it would prevent a lot of drinking and driving.”|
|May Lew, 21: “[The 99 B-line] is a lot better than it was last semester. People demanded more lines and [TransLink] delivered. It’s still crowded but I’m not feeling as squished as I used to.”|
|Devon Forbes, 25: “I definitely want to see the SkyTrain extended to White Rock. With how much we’ve had to pay, there’s absolutely no reason why [TransLink] can’t afford to build it.”|