Transit is needed, but it must be affordably priced

Re: “City targets empty buses, Red Deerians asked to help improve transit system,” July 24.

This survey asks if we agree to quality, connection, safety and comfort. The survey does not ask for input regarding “City targets empty buses.”

Transit Route 3 alone is costing taxpayers $20,800 every week to transport one rider on every second bus.

Ridership numbers were provided by the City of Red Deer and bus costing was disclosed in the 2019 operational budget.

Neighbourhoods along Route 3 have been voicing the “empty bus” concern since 2017 to the city directly and through city councillors, to no avail.

Yes, transit is necessary, but the City of Red Deer and the transit department must use proactive thinking to provide decent service at a reasonable cost.

Linda Rowe, Red Deer

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