My name is Siena van Tol, and I am a Grade 11 student at Surrey Christian Secondary school. I am currently in the Composition 11 English class and the overall theme of our course is “Find Your Voice.”
Our teacher has asked us to write a formal letter about a topic of our choice, in order to help us use our voices to bring awareness to important issues that impact the community.
As a resident of Ladner, I am dependent on the school bus.
My parents have jobs and if I were to miss the bus or it was not able to reach me, I would have no other way of getting there on time. My only option to make it to school would then be public transit.
Looking at TransLink, it would take almost two hours just to make it to Fleetwood, which is significantly more than the 35-minute drive by car. Not only that, but there are four different transfers along the way that are very unreliable. If one of the busses is late or too early, it would change the schedule of the route being taken because the wait for a next bus would add at least 30 minutes or more onto the trip.
Although there is the TransLink app, it is not reliable because the bus times are usually not correct. In my experience, the app either gives a time that is 20 minutes early, eight minutes late or shows a bus that does not come.
I know many people in the South Delta community can relate to the difficult issue of travelling east on transit. At present, commuting to any community east of South Delta will take at least an hour and a half and must be improved for the efficiency of the community.
Siena van Tol