Volume 93, Issue 56

Wednesday, January 26, 2000


A profession of sincere gratitude

Searching for clariphication

Get movin' to the back

A profession of sincere gratitude

Re: "Bus pass to face new referendum" Jan. 14

To the Editor:
Could you please forward my support of the proposed universal bus pass fee increase to the London Transit Commission? This is the second year of the deal with the LTC and I must say in all honesty and without a shred of sarcasm, that services have been absolutely first class.

For the substantial amount of money the students of Western pay for their eight month universal pass, not once have we had to wait 30 minutes or more for a bus that runs every 10 minutes. Regardless of the climate, day or time, LTC busses are always punctual and as an added bonus, the drivers are courteous.

My favourite "fringe benefit" in the entire deal is my complimentary bus schedule. They are supplied for a variety of routes and all are 100 per cent accurate. If the schedule says the bus will leave Masonville at 10:09 a.m., you can set your watch to it. Don't think for a second, "Should I start walking? Should I wait for the next one?" That's crazy talk! It's precision at its finest!

If the LTC wants to raise the cost of the bus pass by a few bucks, I say give them what they want. Some people say, "It's only $16 more! What's $16 when you pay $4,000 in tuition?" Now, I don't think we should diminish the value of this fare increase, as the 20,000 students paying for the bus pass have a lot of collective buying power and will surely benefit from it.

That's the great part about it. It's win-win. The LTC gets its $320,000 and with that amount of money, I can't even begin to imagine how the LTC could improve on their already superior service. More busses during peak class hours? Well, if you want to get picky.

I say, if we're dealing with a first class service, we might as well pay for it.

Most sincerely (no, really, I mean that),

Craig Butler
Music III

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