Saturday, September 22, 2007

Quote of the day.

I came upon this in todays Windsor Star, and had to pass it along.

When presented with the fact that Windsor ranked 18 out of 27 Canadian cities in a green urban transportation report, Penny Williams, Transit Windsor's General Manager, conceded that "(o)ur ridership is on the low side," but blamed "peoples' choices" for Windsor's low ridership and stated further that our situation would improve if more people took the bus.

You're absolutely right, Penny, and my golf score would improve if only I learned how to play golf better!



BBS said...

Poor service to industrial areas and the lack of a regional transportation system, but the fault lies with the riders. Love it.

I'm sure the regional transportation hurts our numbers significantly in comparison as this ranking was based on Census Metropolitan Areas, not just the City.

Anonymous said...

Well certainly TW is not perfect and can stand to see some improvement, but let's face it, we're a city driven by personal transportation - and peoples' attitudes toward public transit will be lousy whether we have a bad, mediocre, or even first class system.

Chris Holt said...

And other cities are not?

I have always wondered where the apathy comes from in this city, and why people believe that windsor is somehow "special" and the rules don't apply to them.

This happens in relation to any and all disciplines.

What we're talking about here - having a transit system that does it's job - happens everywhere from third-world countries to Rome and Paris. So I won't take a defeatist attitude on this point and just give in. That how we've got to the oint we're at now.

Do you really like the city we've become?

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how to answer your last question without getting into a lengthy dissertation. Staying with the topic though, I am reasonably happy with the service provided by Transit Windsor and do get my $2.35 worth out of it occasionally. If I relied on it 24/7 I might not be so generous about it, but that's my honest feeling about it as an occasional rider.