Keep transit a public service

At first glance the apologetic rhetoric alluded to by councillor Donna Macdonald seems innocent enough.

Re: “Council has second thoughts on transit,” October 14

At first glance the apologetic rhetoric alluded to by councillor Donna Macdonald seems innocent enough. But as I read the article, I came away with some serious concerns about the future of Nelson’s public transit system.

For almost a century there have been great efforts to maintain reliable and affordable means of public transportation for those who depend on this service.

In the article, Macdonald states: “I am hoping that out of this we will identify a community-based option that perhaps helps not only to provide adequate Sunday service, but also helps to support a local non-profit, or a local business.

“Hopefully we can find a way to provide the service and benefit the service provider as well.” This is a disturbing idea to many.

We already have a system and a provider in place. Macdonald’s statement rings of privatization, which to me is not the way to go.

In my opinion transit is a service offered by the city, supported by local taxpayers.

It is a necessary service that should not be replaced by privatization, with profit in mind.

Bruce Melzack, Nelson

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