LETTER: Safety must be transit priority
I’m a UBC student who lives on campus during the school year, but who comes home to Fraser Heights for the holidays and summers. This past Monday night, I was coming home from UBC to Surrey via transit after a late class dinner on campus.
I got to Guildford around 10:15 p.m., only to discover that the C74 bus to Fraser Heights stops running after 9:30 p.m. Late at night, I was forced to walk around until I could find a cab to take home. It was dark and quiet out, and I’ll admit I was a little scared walking around by myself.
A good public transportation system should be about more than just convenience, it should also be about safety.
Most people would agree that service South of the Fraser should be expanded and made more frequent on well-used routes.
However, I am concerned that under the new TransLink governance structure, expansion will be propelled on the basis of maximizing efficiency, potentially negating the fact that transit expansion outside of peak hours can greatly increase the safety of Surrey residents.
Everyone ought to be able to travel safely home at night via public transit, without the fear of experiencing violence.
I trust that the new directors of TransLink will take contextual values, such as safety, into consideration (in addition to values of efficiency) when determining when and how service will be expanded.