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City Councillor: Here’s Why I Think St. John’s Should Finally Improve Its Public Transit System

An excerpt from Councillor Dave Lane’s blog (LINK)

Here’s why we need a great public transit system

To help address our growing labour shortage issue, integrated transit enables:

  • students to access education, leading to more available skilled workers
  • job seekers to attend interviews and other networking opportunities
  • new workers from away to transition into their new job and community
  • companies to access skilled workers with disabilities, or otherwise find it difficult to physically access the workplace.

To help address rising healthcare costs, a regional transit system enables:

  • people to seek care earlier, reducing the cost of treating serious disease
  • seniors to be more active and social, leading to improved health
  • persons with disabilities to rely less on personal assistance and care services

To help address rising house prices and homelessness, coordinated transit enables:

  • those on low or fixed income to shift transportation costs to housing
  • people to move to areas with more affordable housing without disrupting their career

To help address traffic congestion and parking issues, public transit enables:

  • people to leave their car at home, meaning less traffic — particularly at peak hours
  • “park and ride” solutions which move parking areas outside of dense areas like the downtown while still enabling access to offices, shops, educational facilities, etc.

The list continues: providing easy access will reduce energy costs as families and businesses reduce their gas consumption; reducing the number of cars on the road will help preserve a clean environment; low cost transit can reduce poverty, which in turn can lead to happier, healthier reisdents and possibly even crime reduction as fewer people break the rules to make an income.

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