VIA cuts true to Conservatives’ form
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Jul 18, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

VIA cuts true to Conservatives’ form

Stratford Gazette

I share Ian Watson's consternation regarding the announcement of VIA Rail service cuts on two daily trains to Toronto (letter to the editor, July 12), but also feel intense incredulity on the issue. How can these cuts take place in the face of clear evidence of the necessity of these trains?

Is it not understood that VIA's public subsidies made it impossible for the Greyhound bus service to compete in the London-Kitchener transportation corridor? Has the traffic congestion on the 401, amply documented during the last conservative train cuts in the late ’80s, not been an growing issue for the last 20 years?

Does the government not realize that many professionals must commute to work from the culture-rich but employment-poor Stratford-St. Marys area and need to take those trains? What became of the high speed rail service options talked about in the Kitchener symposium of 2009? What about the environment, what about jobs, what about serving the people?

But perhaps I should not be amazed. The Conservatives are running true to form: heedless of environmental impacts, thoughtless of workers, and focused on their own interest, which includes publically paid transit every day to their vaunted place of play.

Julia Schneider, Stratford

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