Ok, I'm glad common sense prevailed. The prospect of having to add dozens of buses to the roads and increase operating budgets by tens of millions just to support the ridership of 1/3 of students in grades 6-12 was a daunting proposition that would have required higher fares, higher gasoline taxes, a new transit yard and a significant increase in bus drivers, which the organization is already struggling to attract and maintain.
Interesting fact is that there are approximately 700 drivers working for the Victoria Regional Transit System.
Well, the common sense that prevailed is that all of those things are needed anyways, and removing one source of revenue would make improvements difficult. I think it was Haynes who said that most of the Saanich residents he spoke with though service level was a more significant barrier than fares.
This was a case where I think Helps was blinded by what might be beneficial to core residents and missed what the rest of the region's residents are asking for.