Volume 94, Issue 103

Wednesday, April 4, 2001


Med students rally against hight tuition

USC applauds students and profs

CHRW gets a national nod for excellence

Downtown surveillance cameras set to be on the lookout this summer

Transit strike hits Victoria

Alberta students join fight for foothills


Transit strike hits Victoria

By Lori MacIntyre
Gazette Staff

A public transportation strike in Victoria, British Columbia has translated to a lot of empty seats at post-secondary school classrooms in the area.

The greater Victoria area in B.C. has been without bus service because of a strike that began on Sunday said Ryan Stewart, the university relations officer of the Simon Fraser University Student Society.

He said the TransLink strike in the lower mainland affects seven colleges and three universities, including the University of British Columbia, SFU and the University of Victoria.

Ann Wex, a student at SFU, said it is difficult for students to get to school because the university is located on top of Burnaby mountain. She said some people are riding their bikes to school and others are carpooling or hitching rides.

"The bus was packed every morning at [9 a.m.]. They got packed to their full capacity, and some people had to sit on the electrical boxes," Wex said, describing the normally cramped conditions of the transit system.

Wex said traffic is no more congested than usual, since people are carpooling and walking instead of taking the bus, but added some students decided not to attend school yesterday. "Usually in British Columbia the response is to take the day off," she said.

Chair of the University of Victoria Students' Society, Summer McFayden, reported students paid a $44 fee for their bus pass, and that 35 per cent of students – almost 4,000 individuals – use the transit system as their main source of transportation.

"Campus is definitely a lot quieter than usual," she said. "The strike is having a significant effect – people are cycling and walking, but it is an inconvenience. People have to share rides."

McFayden said the students' society put a ride share board up in the school's student union building for students to advertise their need for a ride or their willingness to drive other students to school during the strike. She also said faculty members and students are faxing and phoning the student society offering students rides to school.

While the UVSS had a couple of days notice about the strike, it did not have to warn students because the media did it for them, McFayden said.

She said the students' council has been handing out leaflets to drivers to encourage them to offer rides to students.

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