Re: Get on the bus, if you can, Sept. 17
To the Editor:
Being from Winnipeg and having lived in both Vancouver and Toronto, I know exactly what good bus service means. Believe me when I tell you London has bad service. I thought last year, when the whole bus pass dilemma was raging through the halls of this wonderful school, that if the pass was accepted, a service assessment of some type would be presented to the pivotal patrons of the bus service in London we the student body. I was shocked to find our only choice in the referendum was yes, give every full-time student a pass, or no. Where was the option: "If yes, then..."
Let's take an example. If you went into McDonald's to make a purchase (increase their profit through your need: hunger) and request that your hamburger have extra pickles and they say no, why would you then continue to make that purchase? Maybe you have no other choice; McDonald's is the only restaurant within a 100km radius or maybe pickles really aren't that important to you after all.
If you wanted to make a deal with the London Transit Commission (increase their profit through your need: transportation) and were prepared to give them big money for their services for a six to eight month period, would you not ask for such things as increased service for predictably high volume routes such as 32 Proudfoot and maybe, just maybe, extended service hours on the weekend?
Let me tell you what a joy it is to have a bus pass in Winnipeg. Having a bus pass there means you won't be cold for long during rush hour and you won't have to leave that great bar at the edge of town by 11:30 in order to catch the last bus destined for downtown.
We, the student body, should demand better service. Extremely crowded buses are not fun. Being late for class because you cannot get on the extremely crowded bus is not fun. Figuring out cab fare in a drunken stupor is not fun. What's fun is getting what you pay for and when the USC starts handing out huge sums of our money, "What's our return?" should be the first question that comes out of our mouths.