I do not understand why the city planners did not plan ahead with respect to the location of the White Rock bus layover.
I am hoping there is a good reason for not considering – when doing all this sidewalk repair that is going on – the possibility of creating a larger space on 16 Avenue in front of Central Plaza for the buses to have a safe traffic layover area.
Why could they not have encroached on the plaza parking lot to build a new sidewalk area, get rid of the concrete retaining wall and allow the buses to park there, where they have for all these years?
And, by the way, in the 20-plus years that I have lived in White Rock, I have never seen an accident caused by lack of view when a bus is parked. The Central Plaza parking lot is huge and is now being used at low capacity, especially since Shoppers Drug Mart has vacated.
There is plenty of room for a new sidewalk that would be safe for pedestrians, as well as provide a safe spot for bus layover.
Is it too late to revamp the plans in order to allow the buses to park safely at the same spot where they’ve parked for years and still give the pedestrians a walkway?
D. Hunter, White Rock