BUS PASS letters to the editor (4)

‘We need a bus pass’

The anonymous, sarcastic student who responded to TJ’s letter last week needs to take a serious time out. Condescending and antagonistic, the vitriol spewed by the faceless accuser did nothing but drive people away from his viewpoint. So effective that I am left wondering whether the author was a rogue anti-bus pass zealot who was not above underhanded tactics. Regardless, I wish to make it plain that neither side should be judged by this tripe.

First, we both quoted a price of $150. It is now an absolute maximum of $120. The university funding that TJ stated was uncertain, had been confirmed by the time that issue went to press. Also, TJ speaks of the strain this will place on the system, when this very pressure will lead to improved service times (as confirmed by more recent articles). Indeed, it is the only feasible way to improve the sub-par service.

Opponents of the referendum speak of the new parking spots, intended to satisfy the double cohort. They neglect one thing — the double cohort is not a one-year phenomenon. Thousands of students will be turned away altogether and will have to try again the year after, or the year after that. Instead of a band-aid, we need a fundamental shift which addresses the root of the problem. We need a bus pass!

Finally and most importantly, I have this to say: vote! It doesn’t matter who you are or what side you’re on. This issue is the most fundamental, the most vital, to be put to referendum in my time so far at Brock. It is essential that you take the time to get informed, and then go to the polls at the end of the month.

– Chip Hogg

3rd year computer science and physics

Re: Bus passes

It’s great that a bunch of other schools (in large cities) have a universal bus pass. Those cities also have a decent transportation system. If the Niagara peninsula did not consist of many towns and villages that have no access to a bus, I might agree with shelling out $120 for a bus pass.

I chose to go to school near home because it is cheaper. I, like most people who drive to Brock, am not driving out of choice but necessity. I could wake up at 4 a.m., take a brisk walk for 1.5 hours to reach the nearest bus stop for 6:30 (however I am not sure the bus even gets there that early). However I would then have to ride it to Niagara College in Welland and catch the bus to Brock from there.

You complain because you have to spend over $600 to take the bus for eight months. I have to spend $1,300 on gas alone in that time. Would you like to subsidize my gas bill? I’d appreciate the $120. But I would never dream of forcing someone to do that.

– Linda Fennema

3rd year computer science

Brock admin should kick in $120 for the bus pass

“… They [students who drive] will have to pay for something they won’t use.” said David Atkinson about the mandatory fee for the bus pass. “It’s just the nature of the beast.”

The last time I checked the nature of the beast, which I would use to refer to capitalism, is if you don’t have the money — fuck you, get your own. I don’t agree with that but I also don’t agree with paying more money for tuition so others can get a cheaper bus pass. I do not drive but I don’t take the bus enough to justify paying the extra tuition for it.

I heard someone say that if they drove a car they would pay the extra $120 so that someone else could get a cheap bus pass. Someone who takes the bus, of course, said this. It’s funny how we can be socialists, the students who have no money, but the people who run the university, stay with the capitalist side. That’s how it always works isn’t it? We got money and we aren’t giving it to you — but you guys should share yours. Well here’s my ‘fuck you.’

I can’t afford Kraft dinner, yet these rich morons that run this university expect me to subsidize a service I won’t use. How about the administration pay for the bus pass too, $120 dollars of their annual salary. Why not? They aren’t going to use the bus pass either; it’s the nature of the beast isn’t it?

This is for the better good? Think about that the next time our tuition goes up, the next time the dean gets a raise or the next time you get an overdrawn fee on your bank account. If this was for the better good, then it would help me pay my rent.

– Tyler Emmett

2nd year, undeclared

RE: Brock Kicks in 150K for Universal Bus Pass

So what is the justification for a mandatory $120 fee? Why so much? Has the exact dollar amount even been determined? I’ve heard ‘estimates’ ranging from $100 to $150. Have any preparations been made to allow for the increased use of the transit system? Will any preparations ever be made? And we’re going to vote on this in two weeks. There are too many uncertainties — too many loose ends — in my opinion, for anyone to vote on this proposal in good conscience. It feels terribly rushed.

The article quotes Eric Gillespie, manager of St. Catharines City Transit, as saying, “Even students who drive will benefit. They will now have access to a regional transit service.”

Don’t we drivers already have access to a regional transit service? Can’t we just buy a ticket or pop some change in and ride when we want, if we ever need to take the bus for some inexplicable reason?

It boils down to this: Anyone who will depend on the bus for transportation next year will vote YES in the upcoming referendum. They will not consider how unfair this proposal is to those who own a car.

On the other hand, those who drive to and from school will probably vote no. These people don’t want to throw away some shadily-calculated dollar amount between $100 and $150 for a service they will — in all likelihood — never use. And no, this isn’t the same as a dollar-something fee for daycare, or whatever. This is over one-hundred dollars.

I’ve heard the ‘no’ people called selfish. We drivers are not the ones asking others to pay for our transportation. As for the parking ‘crisis,’ I paid good money for a parking pass in lot A. I’d imagine that turning free parking into paid parking would alleviate part of the problem. So the parking situation is not valid justification for a mandatory bus pass fee.

Hopefully everyone will make it out to the voting stations, and democracy will do the rest…

– Adam Aubin

1st year neuroscience

On a slightly related note

This past Thursday I received a parking ticket for being parked in A lot between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. I’m not saying I didn’t deserve the ticket; after all, it does say in the parking regulations that there is no parking in this lot during these hours.

This restriction is ridiculous, except perhaps for plowing purposes, but this was not the case the night I received my ticket.

My problem isn’t that I received the ticket but rather the inconsistency with which campus police are doing their jobs. I’ve been occasionally parking overnight in A-lot since September and have not received a single ticket until now.

Maybe too many people are taking advantage of Campus Police’s generosity. But cracking down at this point seems to me as being too little too late. Not only that, but is what I did really the most dangerous thing going on in Brock’s parking lots today? Hardly. What about the cars blocking laneways? Surely these cars deserve tickets more than I did, but do they ever have tickets on their windshields? Maybe they get their tickets after I’ve gone by, but I doubt it.

So why enforce some parking regulations and not others? Maybe someone was bored at 4:15 a.m. and decided to piss some students off. Or maybe they are cracking down on all parking violations to frustrate drivers into voting yes to the bus pass.

The fact is, it paints a negative picture of Campus Police and let’s face it — they don’t exactly have the complete respect and admiration of the student body as it is.

– Jamie Gibson

4th year political science

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