While I applaud city staff for presenting changes that will increase frequency in the core of Fredericton Transit, I don’t believe it should be at the expense of the people in Lincoln Heights and Silverwood.
If $300,000 can be generated by the increase in frequency, then the run from Silverwood to Lincoln Heights can be saved with money to spare for Sunday service. I point to the Transit Master Plan, known as the Dillon Report of 2008. Page 82 – 83 talks about the need for Sunday Service, and points to a figure of $179,000, using a zone bus system. Oakville Transit was pointed to as using the same. Oakville’s use of the zone for evenings and Sundays was so successful that they phased out the zone and brought evenings and Sundays into the regular schedule.
The Dillon Report is what was used to expand service to Knowledge Park/Corbett Centre and Two Nations. This same report acknowledged “Routes 18 and 20 have the lowest ridership, which is partly due to the limited hours of service operated.” and touted “Route 20 is also a highly productive weekday route given the minimal service hours dedicated to this” Why cut a highly productive route? (and remember these are not my words, but the words of the report commissioned by the city and implemented as the TRANSIT MASTER PLAN)
Why should transit changes pit one citizen against the other? This is the effect of the proposed changes. The people in Lincoln Heights and Silverwood are feeling the cold shoulder of city hall. This should not be the case.