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  • There are no fancy high-speed railway system to take one swiftly from one main point of destination to another, but I think this outfit does offer decent service
  • I thought Mission was just playing oddball, or it did not want the natural habitat disturbed, since this city just happens to be one of the province’s small towns unaffected by too much modernity or the fast phase of modern living, for that matter
  • I am quite convinced that increasing the number of buses would definitely be a far better solution
  • So far, I have been only able to ride BC Transit bus two times, but I found it comparable to the bus system in Surrey or even Vancouver
  • Just the same, I was happy to find a use for it when I finally had the chance to get an audience with the Abbot or general manager of the famed Westminster Abbey

    • by RichieMogwai

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      Out here in the city of Mission, BC Transit is the authority that takes care of the residents’ transit needs. It seems handy that way. There are no fancy high-speed railway system to take one swiftly from one main point of destination to another, but I think this outfit does offer decent service. From the looks of it, I do not think this transit authority will ever resort to being part of Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain network.

      I often wondered what was keeping the city of Mission from embracing the SkyTrain concept, up until I spent several weeks staying downtown. It was then that I realized that increasing the number of buses plying the route is probably the more practical way to support the public’s increasing transit usage. I thought Mission was just playing oddball, or it did not want the natural habitat disturbed, since this city just happens to be one of the province’s small towns unaffected by too much modernity


      or the fast phase of modern living, for that matter.

      I realize now that I am terribly wrong. The city council was right in voting the SkyTrain out as an option. I am quite convinced that increasing the number of buses would definitely be a far better solution. So far, I have been only able to ride BC Transit bus two times, but I found it comparable to the bus system in Surrey or even Vancouver. Certainly, the buses are not modern enough, but they look decent enough for my taste, and quite clean, too.

      The seats even have that travel couch quality about them, soft, thick and definitely comfortable. I do not think that some out of town buses in the city of Surrey even comes close. For example, Surrey’s buses plying the route between Crescent Beach and the Landsdowne SkyTrain station in Richmond are also coach class, but they are definitely much older looking and squeaky,


      • too.

        I rather enjoyed using the BC Transit system for the first time. I was quite impressed actually, especially to find that it seemed much newer than some Surrey buses. The bus drivers are also chattier, and have a nice smile on their faces. A day before taking the ride, the library clerk told me that that I could get a day pass for just $3.50 and that will suffice for a whole day of travel across Mission.

        I found it incredible, although the so-called shopping pass is only available during the busy Christmas season. Just the same, I was happy to find a use for it when I finally had the chance to get an audience with the Abbot or general manager of the famed Westminster Abbey. From the intersection of Lougheed Highway and Logan Avenue, I took the bus to the library. From the library, I had to take bus number 34 which took me to my final destination, the

        Abbey.

        I got to the place in a breeze; I could not believe that I was at the foot of the hill near the Abbey in less than 20 minutes. The driver was friendly, jovial and seemed genuinely happy to serve. He seemed happy to answer my questions about directions. On the way back home, I had to catch bus number 34 back home. It turned out to be a breeze; the Abbot at the Abbey even had the bus schedule. Moreover, true to their calling, the bus arrived on the dot, at exactly 5:20 p.m.

        So I have to say that BC Transit works for me. Since I am planning to live in this city and may be able to for the rest of my life, it is nice to know that there is reliable transit to back me up.




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