Burlington Transit passengers will have a chance to discuss proposed service improvements scheduled for September at this year’s Transit Users’ Forum on Saturday, May 4 at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre. It will be the fifth annual such gathering sponsored by more than a dozen community organizations in Burlington.
The forum starts at 10:00 a.m.. Doors open at 9:30, and a continental breakfast will be served.Transit riders will also have a chance to discuss service issues with drivers, who will participate in a panel discussion, and to vote on an annual transit report card.
“Where past forums were dominated by pleas for greater funding, this year’s meeting will focus on sustaining and improving the service. A significant increase in the transit budget, approved by the new City Council, has opened the door to a better transit service in Burlington,” said Doug Brown, chair of Burlington for Accessible, Sustainable Transit (BFAST), the lead organizer of the event.
“We were extremely pleased with the budget increases that transit achieved in this year’s city budget,” said Brown. “City Council’s decision means that Burlington is on the way to providing support for transit that at least meets the average of comparable communities. We are very optimistic about the future of transit in Burlington.”
“Transit is an essential building block for an inclusive and environmentally-friendly city,” Brown said. “Everyone benefits from an improved transit system, including drivers.”
This year’s meeting will be co-sponsored by Burlington Transit, which will also provide logistical support for the event.
“We welcome BT’s participation. This year, we will be working together more closely than ever before,” said Brown. “It’s a tribute to our new Transit Director Sue Connor and her staff, with whom we have developed an excellent working relationship. They have been an immense help in bringing the concerns of transit riders forward.”
Connor and Mayor Marianne Meed Ward will also speak to the gathering, which averages attendance of more than 100 people each year.
Sponsors of last year’s event included the following community organizations:
Burlington Age-Friendly Council
Burlington Seniors’ Advisory Committee
Burlington Seniors Community Inc.
Canadian Federation of University Women Burlington
Community Development Halton
Engaged Citizens of Burlington
Halton Environmental Network
Poverty Free Halton
Voices for Change Halton