Greyhound station debate: story, station move criticized

Re: Greyhound agent ‘floored’ by online attacks, News, Jan. 18

Editor,

Re: Greyhound agent ‘floored’ by online attacks, News, Jan. 18

People in this case do not “go online and lash out anonymously and wash their hands of it,” both the Revelstoke Current requires name, e-mail address and phone number.

With regard to notification of the move from the old bus station to the new: maybe Mr. Singh could have put an advertisement in your paper and notified the Revelstoke Current, even generated an article detailing the improvements noted belatedly in your article. As you say it is easy to go online.

I for one am heartily glad that I got a lift to Kelowna on the day I intended travelling and did not walk down to the old bus station at 5:30 a.m. on a winter morning to find that I had to trudge up the Trans-Canada through slush and ice to the new bus station with the additional likelihood of missing the bus. The buses I catch to Kelowna departs at 5:45 a.m. and arrives back at 11:00 p.m. and while the convenience store may be open at 11 p.m. I doubt very much that it is open at 5:45 a.m.

Mr. Singh takes the comments personally, I for one did not know that Mr Singh owned the Greyhound office lease, otherwise I would have included him in my round of e-letters. Nor could I find any “vicious” attacks merely comments made by customers about conditions at the Greyhound station as they found them, not one mention of Mr Singh in any of them. The Greyhound transport system is important here being the only public transport out of the city, and therefore is of interest to its users and to a city which is trying to extend its reach as a tourist destination.

Mr. Singh says that “Revelstoke is one of the smallest towns in B.C. to have a proper standalone station with parcel service.” I would hardly call the new Revelstoke bus station a standalone station, like many others it is part of a convenience store. Many of the places the Greyhound stops at between here and Trail are a lot smaller than Revelstoke, and of them only Salmon Arm, Kelowna, Grand Forks, Castlegar and Trail have a ‘standalone’ Greyhound station with proper customer accommodation. Mr Singh says that the Greyhound stations in Canmore and Maple Ridge have shut down but according to today’s official Greyhound Station, I can still get a passenger ticket to both.

I have every right to comment on anything that affects me or the services to the City without Mr. Orlando’s implied criticism.

Sandra Flood,

Revelstoke

 

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