Re: Roses and Rotten Tomatoes, the Now, Aug. 8.
The submission read, "A bus full of rotten tomatoes to TransLink for its decision to run intrusive, noisy large buses through Fraser Heights' small streets, 16 hours per day. Most of these buses carry less than the capacity of our former small 'community buses.' This is a waste of money and an assault on our senses!" Route 337, serving Fraser Heights, justifies the use of full-size buses on weekdays because the ridership on each bus will result in a pass-up on shuttles, which carry a maximum of 24 passengers due to driver licensing.
I experience this as a regular rider onboard the 337.
While I'm still living in Surrey, the 337 forms my connection to the rest of the city and to Metro Vancouver.
Were it not for the full-size buses on weekdays, all sorts of people - including mothers with strollers, seniors, youth, tired workers - would be stuck and unable to get home.
That would be a really bad thing, because, in case anyone checks statistics, the 337 is the fastest-growing bus route in Surrey by ridership growth (once again: there are more riders attracted to this service every year than any other bus route in this city), meaning the full-size buses are staying and a service increase (more frequent buses, big buses on weekends) is likely when funding is available.
You're just going to have to deal with it.
Daryl Dela Cruz, Surrey
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