Castlegar transit forums "critical"
B.C. Transit is holding open houses across the region, and two of these public consultations are slated to take place in Castlegar.
“Your comments are important for us to better understand the transportation needs of residents in this region and to plan for future transit improvements,” is the explanation written on B.C. Transit’s promotional posters.
There is also a transit survey residents can complete at www.bctransit.com/kootenays
Social planning committee chair Sandi McCreight says attendance at these open houses is critical to Castlegar’s over all well-being, now and in the future.
“If people don’t step up and tell B.C. Transit how bad the transportation problem here really is, no one will act on it,” McCreight said. “You have to be the squeaky wheel if you want to see an improvement.”
She said the issue of transportation comes up in community meetings all the time – whether the dicussion is around youth events; seniors programming; health care provision – with only one taxi in the city, it has even become a platform issue during elections, and now is the chance for Castlegar to bring the issue to the attention of an organization with the power to help.
“We need a better system in place, but in order for that to happen, people have to come forward,” she said.
The openhouses will be: on Oct. 21 from 4 to7p.m. at the Castlegar Community Complex, then on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.at the The Pitt at 301 Frank Beinder Way.
For more information, call the Castlegar Community Services Society at 250-365-2104.