May 4: Put route numbers on all bus stops

Re: “Public transit should be free, Victoria council says,” April 26.

If Victoria city council truly wants to create barrier-free, accessible, easy public transit, a good place to start would be putting the actual bus route number on all the bus stops and restoring the individual route maps in the paper schedule.

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Currently, those without cellphones or who can’t afford data plans (or whose batteries have died) often have no way of knowing what bus stops at a particular stop when it’s just a B.C. Transit stick in the ground. And the single map in the printed guide is impenetrable in terms of the changes in route depending on time of day; the individual route maps were so much clearer for people trying to plan their way.

If council truly wants to make public transit “more convenient than taking a car,” the first step is to help everyone, including those unable to afford cellular connection, with the basics of where the buses go and where they stop.

Amy Reiswig

Mayne Island

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