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#8321 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 August 2022 - 03:51 AM

Transit riders told CBC Calgary the safety issues on trains are restricting their lives and holding them back from work and social activities across the city.

People said they are no longer going to their regular doctor, not visiting certain friends and family, have turned down or quit jobs, or simply turned around and stayed home rather than running important errands when aggressive individuals or open drug use is present.

These are among the hundreds of messages CBC Calgary collected during our focus on transit.


Nichole Chajon, a grocery store clerk, wants aggressive behaviour, swearing and fights on the transit system stopped before she'll go back to taking her son on the train to downtown. They only take the bus around the southeast now and stopped visiting the Central Library downtown.

"(The train) started getting dirtier and dirtier, especially during COVID. There was blood on the trains, urine on the train, food all over the floors and the clientele that was coming on was swearing loudly," she said.

So it appears simply societal permissiveness is allowing this to flourish. And the BC plan is to allow more legal drug use.

Oh and Isitt wants to make transit free for everyone, I’m sure that’ll make trips more pleasant.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 04 August 2022 - 03:55 AM.

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Posted 04 August 2022 - 08:41 AM

Does Skytrain have the same issue (scale wise)? If not, perhaps Calgary should be looking at what Transit Police here is doing better.

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Posted 07 August 2022 - 04:32 AM

Sound Transit Board approves free youth fare policy ​​​​​​​Riders aged 18 and younger will be able to ride free starting September 1





Sound Transit (ST), officially the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, is a public transit agency serving the Seattle metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Washington. It operates the Link light rail system in Seattle and Tacoma, regional Sounder commuter rail, and Sound Transit Express bus service. 


July 28, 2022

Sound Transit’s Board of Directors voted unanimously today to approve free fares for youth aged 18 and younger, effective September 1. The new policy was prompted by the Move Ahead Washington transportation package passed by the State Legislature last March, which incentivizes all Washington state transit agencies to adopt a free fare policy for riders under 19 years old. Under the agency’s previous policy, youth pay a reduced fare of $1.50.


"Today’s decision will not only increase affordability for youth and families, but it will increase their opportunities as well", said University Place Council Member and Sound Transit Board Chair Kent Keel. "Free fares mean easy access not just to schools, but to jobs, after-school activities and youth-related programs. It also introduces a new generation to the habit of a becoming lifetime riders of transit."


The new policy is being implemented in partnership with other regional transit agencies to create a seamless experience for riders. Youth with a Youth ORCA Card will be encouraged to use it when riding. Youth ORCA cards issued by schools during the 2021-2022 academic school year will continue to work through June 30, 2023. There are 77,000 Youth ORCA cards that will automatically provide card holders with access to the free fare.



Edited by Victoria Watcher, 07 August 2022 - 04:36 AM.

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Posted 07 August 2022 - 04:38 AM

Sound Transit’s system-wide ridership for 2021 remained 63% below that of 2019.


In 2021, the Link, Sounder, and Express trains carried 17.8 million total passengers, whereas, only two years prior, the transportation agency ferried nearly 50 million.



#8325 Mike K.

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Posted 11 August 2022 - 09:09 PM

Does anyone know why there are about a dozen new Translink double deckers parked at Wendon Manufacturing (I think) on Beacon Ave West, adjacent to the airport?

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#8326 Victoria Watcher

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Posted Yesterday, 12:36 AM

Maybe getting bike racks added? Before they go in service.


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