It has come to my attention that public transit in Mount Currie is neither safe, clean nor consistent. As a community member of Lil’wat Nation, I feel our opportunities are limited by the current transit situation.
I’ve noticed many of the transit passengers are under the influence of alcohol. Sometimes they bring beer and weed onto the bus and drink and/or smoke. When they are drunk they tend to get violent. Other passengers have been hit, punched, spat on and had violent words said to them whilst they are just sitting there trying to get to work/home. Minors have been asked if they wanted beer or weed, and asked if they had any.
Security cameras or some type of security could help, as would having a bus driver who is willing to escort people out when they’re being very disruptive or rude to other passengers. I feel passengers shouldn’t have to worry if they’re going to be safe or not.
The bus doesn’t get cleaned often and sometimes people purposely make a mess and leave their garbage. Passengers have peed on the seats and the seats are sticky, which is extremely unsanitary. The buses need to be cleaned more often.
At times the bus is late, making people late for work. Sometimes the bus doesn’t show up at all. We need backup drivers for when someone is busy or sick.
For Lil’wat Nation to thrive, we need safe and reliable transport. I hope this will be taken into consideration in future decision making.