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Thursday, January 24, 2019

A short note to those who take the 91 Newcastle bus

Hi,

I'm a Courtice Park and Ride passenger. I know you loathe me. I know you loathe me because I've added 10 minutes to your already long commute. I know you'd prefer the park and ride had never been built. And, I also know that the 90 GO bus folks also hate the Ritson Road Park and Ride because it's completely changed how those buses run.

I honestly don't know what to say here. I realize that most days I'm one of five cars parked in the Courtice lot and that causes so much resentment. But you see, the point of expanding transit and building park and rides is to get people off the highways and arterial roads and onto buses. It also frees up parking at the Oshawa GO lot for those who really need it.

I dislike that I even have to DRIVE to the Park and Ride as there is no local transit that goes there. Nor can I walk or bike to it because it's located off a Regional Road with an 80 km/hr speed limit. It's too dangerous.

One day, we will have train service to Bowmanville and that may mean that many people won't ever have to take a bus again. In the meantime, please don't roll your eyes at me when I board the bus. Or, sigh loudly when I exit.

I'm not going anywhere and I really hope we can be friends.

Sincerely,
Cj Smith