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Transit angst spills over downtown

Nelson transit users and advocates rallied again Thursday to protest cuts to the city’s bus service.



Nelson transit users and advocates rallied again Thursday to protest cuts to the city’s bus service.

About 50 people were involved in the rally at its peak.

Chanting and waving placards, they marched from the library to city hall.

Organizer Curtis Nickason took issue with Mayor John Dooley’s characterization of transit in a recent Star story as an “emotional” issue.

“Seems to me it’s a ridership issue,” Nickason said to cheers. “I see seniors here fighting for transit. I see the disabled, students, families.

“Bottom line is I see people relying on a service that gets us around this town and allows us to support our local businesses.”

The city cancelled Sunday bus service in August, although council has since passed a motion to look at alternate ways of funding it.

Barry Nelson told the crowd Vancouver provides much larger per-rider subsidies.

“It kind of says the transit system in Nelson is getting a raw deal.”