Since the city continues to urge residents to take the bus more it’s about time, one councillor says, to make sure elected officials are taking the bus themselves.
Victoria City Coun. Sharmarke Dubow drafted a motionasking elected officials in the capital region to use BC Transit as their sole means of transporation for an entire week.
“A good chef always tastes their own food; city council has a direct role in transit in providing bus lanes, bus shelters and has a major role in advocacy for transit funding,” Dubow said. “So, council really needs to experience the system first-hand.”
A similar motion was put forward in Ottawa in February and was accepted by 17 councillors, many of whom found the experience frustrating due to missed connections and crowded vehicles.
Dubow, who is a transit rider himself as well as a member of the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, said he’s noticed some issues as well.
“I noticed service delays. For [council] to right this would be a good indication of a commitment to funding to keep up with the service demands.”
Taking the bus would also give councillors the opportunity to have conversations with fellow commuters and front line workers, and to lead by example, Dubow said.
After the week of ridership, it would be ideal if CRD councillors could share their experiences, either in a meeting or simply through social media.