IN AN AGE when we can send huge amounts of information to the other side of the world in the blink of an eye, here in the Interior of B.C. we have trouble moving people from one place to another.
Inside cities, transit systems work well but not everywhere. The parents of Westmount elementary endure morning and afternoon traffic jams in front of the school as they deposit or retrieve their kids. The school board struggles with how to fix it — a new traffic light?
In contrast, there’s a $42 billion plan on the books to build an ultra-high-speed rail link to carry 2 million riders a year from Vancouver to Seattle and Portland.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.