City should not de­mol­ish de­pot

Penticton Herald - - OPINION -

Dear ed­i­tor: Re: “Pen­tic­ton buys site of Grey­hound bus de­pot,” Her­ald, A1, Dec. 5

The penul­ti­mate para­graph states “staff have rec­om­mended that the de­pot be de­mol­ished and the site turned into a large park­ing lot in the mean­time.”

Please, no! City Coun­cil must not al­low the de­pot to be de­mol­ished! The city des­per­ately needs a bus de­pot for the sake of its on­go­ing pros­per­ity.

This pur­chase of­fers city coun­cil the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide a fa­cil­ity that goes be­yond the lim­ited op­er­a­tion that ex­isted when it was ex­clu­sively for the use of Grey­hound.

City tran­sit buses should have their routes mod­i­fied so that all routes serv­ing down­town come to­gether in a sin­gle tran­sit point rather than the present sit­u­a­tion of trans­fer­ring at var­i­ous on street lo­ca­tions re­quir­ing pas­sen­gers who wish to change routes to work out the best point to trans­fer be­tween the two routes which, in some lo­ca­tions re­quires cross­ing one or two roads to get to the point where the next bus is wait­ing.

I’m sure that there have been nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions where the bus which a pas­sen­ger is try­ing to catch drives away whilst the pas­sen­ger is wait­ing for the pedes­trian lights to change. Us­ing a bus de­pot as the trans­fer point would pro­vide a heated wait­ing room rather than hav­ing to wait on a cold street in mid-win­ter.

In ad­di­tion, medium dis­tance buses such as those serv­ing Osoy­oos, Sum­mer­land or Nara­mata could stop at the new de­pot and it should be the des­ig­nated pas­sen­ger pickup point for any in­ter-city ser­vice, present or fu­ture, re­gard­less of oper­a­tor.

This would cre­ate a seam­less pas­sen­ger trans­fer fa­cil­ity be­tween dif­fer­ent in­ter­city routes and be­tween those routes and the in city tran­sit ser­vices. There is an ex­ist­ing cafe­te­ria, re­cently re­fur­bished, al­though it might need some mod­i­fi­ca­tion to pro­vide a snack fa­cil­ity for pas­sen­gers who only have a short time to wait.

Any sur­plus space which ac­com­mo­dated Grey­hound’s parcels fa­cil­ity could be mod­i­fied to pro­vide re­tail space which would be at­trac­tive given the in­creased pas­sen­ger traf­fic which would re­sult.

City coun­cil should look for­ward to the fu­ture and, above all, should avoid de­mol­ish­ing a fa­cil­ity which they might later need to re­build. Brian But­ler,


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