Bus an alternative

I find it funny that we consider spending $22 million the railway, while at the same time Greyhound announces cutting services.

I find it funny that we consider spending $22 million on getting the railway upgraded to run a train once a day up the Island, while at the same time Greyhound announces cutting services do to losing $14 million on operating the routes on Vancouver Island.

Has anyone ever thought of just letting the rail line sit as it is for future use, instead of upgrading a useless train?

Let’s think about purchasing three medium-sized buses for $100,000 each. This would bring the $22 million down to 21.7 million. Now, invest that money at a interest of three per cent — they should be able to get that amount — for a annual interest of $651,000.

Run the busses three to four times between the city’s of Campbell — Nanaimo — Victoria.

Now, let’s hire four drivers to do that at a annual salary of $50,000 each for a total of $200,000. Pay the commercial insurance for the buses, $100,000 a year.

Let’s put in the fuel cost at $800 a day for a total of $292,000 a year.

Throw in maintenance on the buses of $60,000 a year.

That’s a total cost of total cost of of $652,000 a year — it would break even even if the service would be free.

That would be money well spent and it would also create at least four jobs that are steady.

Hans Stussi

Qualicum Bay

 

Just Posted

Flood risks downgraded in the RDN

Effective immediately, the Regional District of Nanaimo is deactivating it’s Level 1… Continue reading

Qualicum Beach age restriction bylaw sent back to staff for changes

Legal non-conforming status could effect property values, councillor says

RDN approves new service to fund film industry

Qualicum Beach mayor disagrees with electoral areas share

VIDEO: French Creek, Coombs hit with flooding

RDN offering sandbags to residents in low-lying areas

Highway 19A reopened north of Qualicum Beach

Repair work completed 48 hours after Sunday washout near Cook Creek Road

Parksville gift shop turned into gingerbread house

Resort buys hundreds of pounds of gingerbread, icing and candy

Vehicle found, woman still missing, last seen in Parksville

Oceanside RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Carmel Georgina Gilmour

Traffic counter stolen in Qualicum Beach

Item worth thousands of dollars missing from residential neighbourhood

Charge laid against B.C. man in cat torture

Joshua Michael Lemire, 20, has been charged with one count of causing unnecessary pain/suffering to an animal.

Oxford Dictionary responds by video to Victoria boy’s bid for levidrome

William Shatner tweet garners attention of Oxford

Site C allows more wind, solar energy, experts say

Lawyer, economist argue for completion of B.C. Hydro dam

Record-high temperatures reached in 18 spots in B.C.

White Rock, Victoria and the Fraser Valley made new records for the unusually warm November day

Supreme Court to hear case on whether ISPs can charge for IDing online pirates

Film producers seeking to crack down on people who share copyrighted material illegally

Canadian initiative fuelled by Terry Fox’s dream may be only hope for young cancer patients

Young cancer patients in rural or remote areas did not always get the testing available

Most Read