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Bus cancellations irk reader

By: Letter to the Editor

 | Jan 27, 2014 - 3:02 PM |
Someone please try to explain to me what is happening to our school bus system, because as a ratepayer, I believe we are getting shafted.

Notices that school buses are cancelled in the name of safety are so common now that it doesn’t even surprise anyone anymore — except today, Jan. 22.

School buses were cancelled only in the morning, meaning that transportation will be available this afternoon, after school. Am I the only one struggling to understand this?

It’s not snowing. There’s no freezing rain. It’s just damn cold. Therefore, why on earth were school buses cancelled this morning, and why only this morning?

It’s still forecasted to be very cold later today. What’s going to change between the morning and afternoon run? Nothing.

Well, my curiosity got the better of me and I couldn’t help but contact the Sudbury Student Services Consortium to dig a little deeper into the issue.

The friendly representative I spoke to was kind enough to clear things up for me and confirmed my suspicion. When asked why buses were cancelled this morning, she stated: “It’s very cold today. Some of our buses didn’t start.”

Cancel the entire service because “some” buses wouldn’t start? Does this seem reasonable to everyone out there? Why couldn’t alternate arrangements be made for those routes affected by the buses that didn’t start?

In any event, it seems to me bus cancellations are happening more frequently than ever and for increasingly trivial reasons. I believe it has to stop.

Cancelling the entire $25 million a year service for a day due to a simple case of cold weather is just not acceptable.

Paul Denis
Greater Sudbury

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