Transit a teenage ticket to ride
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 06:00 am
ďSay hey Mr. Driver man donít be slow cause I got somewhere I gotta go.Ē
That one line from The Violent Femmesí song, Waiting for the Bus, sums up so much of my teenage years and a good chunk of my 20s.
I started taking public transit to get to school in Grade 7. Transit is tied to so many memories and moments from my teenage years Ė taking the LRT with my dad to watch Edmonton Oilers or Eskimos games; reading books at the downtown library before taking the no. 129 bus home; or venturing out with friends to Whyte Ave., West Edmonton Mall or all-ages shows downtown. More often than not, I was the one running behind the bus arms waving praying the driver would stop and wait.
Itís not the teenage ideal, but my bus pass was part of how I developed my own freedom and independence. For a carless kid growing up in Edmontonís northern suburbs, that meant a lot.
This is probably why Iíve taken a keen interest over the years as Okotoks, and eventually the Calgary Regional Partnership, worked to bring commuter transit to the Foothills.
Itís finally here, after the On-It Regional Transit project kicked off Tuesday.
Itís something Iíll be watching with great interest even though, I admit, Iím probably not going to use it much. I donít commute to Calgary and the bus wonít be running in the evening or on weekends, when Iím most likely to make trips to the city.
Still, I hope they get it right and it continues once the two-year pilot project is complete.
I think itís essential to reduce congestion on roads and more importantly to give people, especially youths and those who donít own cars, a way to get to and from work, school and anywhere else they may want to go.