Letters to the editor 

So which is it?

"Pay parking rates are projected to be $8 per day in the winter and $12 per day in the summer. Revenue from pay parking is estimated to be $2 million per year. The money will be used to pay for the debris barrier and parking lot construction over a 20-year period, while $500,000 per year has been earmarked for transit affordability programs for Whistler residents."
- Source: RMOW (http://www.whistler.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=507&Itemid=462)


"The new bus facility near Nesters is one of the main driving forces behind B.C. Transit's recent announcement that transit costs will increase for Whistler."
- Source: Pique, Jan. 22, 2009

So which is it?

How is it that transit, originally slated to become more inexpensive for locals, suddenly is now becoming more expensive?

Locals didn't want the day lots paved.

Locals were told that paving the lots and charging for parking would reduce transit fees.

Win-Win in accordance with Vision 2020. Get people off the road and on to transit.

Locals thought, OK, fair deal.

Maybe I am jumping to conclusions and what was missed from your story was that transit fees would go up for tourists but be free for locals.

That is awesome! I apologize for thinking otherwise.

I knew council would live up to its promise of affordable transit for locals!

Good on ya. I look forward to selling my vehicle and jumping on local transit for free.

Peter Skeels

An Olympic parking disaster
Re: The Nordic World Cup jumping event at "Callaghan" Olympic Park

What a traffic and parking disaster!

Saturday, Jan. 24 11:30 a.m.: All parking lots full, one hopelessly confused volunteer parking lot attendant, frustrated bus drivers with blocked roads, honking car horns, hundreds of frustrated visitors - stuck 3 km away from the event venues.

The World Cup jumping events were great. All three venues are super; the surrounding mountains are magnificent.

But after the event, an even greater disaster. Volunteers had no idea what happened to the shuttle bus service to return to the car parking lots. One volunteer told you this, another one told you that. No one had a clue as to what was going on. (One honest volunteer couple imported from Calgary told me: "We are just here to volunteer." They had no idea as to transportation or the venue layout!) Spectators had to walk back to the cars - 3 km along a narrow two-lane traffic road. Baby buggies, dogs, wheelchairs and all - no road markings, a delightful free for all.

The elegant 54-passenger busses (imported from Oregon, no snow tires) were parked besides the road. Drivers refused to drive them, because the road was blocked with all the illegally parked cars along the roadsides.

And to end it all, the intersection of the Callaghan Road and Highway 99 was a real mess.

I hope the Olympic organization can get their act together before the next event, and before next year, when The World comes and watches the Games.

The bosses and "wannabees" (instead of driving around alone in their fancy big SUVs) may have to spring for some visible uniforms and vests, signage, area maps, pedestrian walkways, road markers, training etc. (See Peter Ladner's letter to the editor, Pique Jan. 15).

Or is the budget of $6 billion + all spent?

PS: I hear it was even a worse traffic jam on Sunday.

Peter Alder

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