I am writing in response to the article by Richard Rolke titled "UBC transit jam-packed.”
I am a first-year university student who bought a bus pass hoping to take the bus daily for many reasons such as cost and the effects on the environment. My friends and I took the bus to UBCO a few times and found it very uncomfortable. Though the drivers do their best to fill the bus, they are forced to exceed safe seating and standing limits to the point where they have to turn commuters away.
For now many of my friends and I are forced to drive daily as we can rarely attain a seat on the bus. The problem is worse than it appears due to many younger students driving alone or with one classmate as following our licence restrictions.
The main problematic bus periods are 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. as this is when the vast majority of first-year science student class schedules are built around.
To quote Director Wayne Lippert, “[I am] pleased with the Vernon to Kelowna route...”, I feel he should take the 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. bus, just to taste the need for another bus.
At the very least a larger bus, such as the double-decker models comfortably transporting commuters in parts of Kelowna, should be used during the peak hours of the UBCO to Vernon route.