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Letter: Expensive transit serves few real users

To the editor:

I have been in shock since reading the article: Sneak Peak at RapidBus Transit service Offered, in the April 4 edition of the Capital News.

Are you aware of how much this service really is costing and at a time when the provincial government is head over heels in debt (gross debt in 2012 was $73 billion) and the federal government is trying to climb back to a balanced budget, laying off civil servants, etc.

And here we are in Kelowna spending $44.5 million to construct a grossly extravagant transit service for a couple hundred users.

Come on, wake up and smell the roses, we cannot afford this and I very much resent my taxes being spent in such a manner.

The $44.5 million cost works out to $300 for every person living in Kelowna and the District of West Kelowna, which does not sound too outlandish, does it? But if you assume this service will attract 500 regular users (which is definitely on the high side) the cost is now $89,000 per user.

What planet are these bureaucrats living on? I think it is high time we started a tax payers revolt in British Columbia.

By the way, the gross provincial debt now stands at $16,000 for every person living in B.C.

David Nelson,



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