To the Editor:
On a visit to Quebec city a few years ago, I was impressed to death with the public transit innovations which our city may choose to glance at while dealing with our own dilemma.
Thirteen hours a day, a 22-passenger bus fleet (electric) powered by lithium batteries criss-crosses the city for a toonie per trip.
If the current provincial government would take a look at the advantages of two electric buses, rather than the fume-belching diesel vehicles which perform at high cost (fossil fuels) to the city, perhaps we could see a sponsorship, such as Hydro Quebec has done, to reduce maintenance costs, not to mention the fresh air factor.
The type of motor utilized kept the nickel moving under this city for two-and-a-half decades.
Clean, quiet and cheap to operate. Like Quebec, we have a state-of-the-art hydro utility, so why not divert some of our own Hydro’s output to a Manitoba city instead of shipping all of this resource to keep our American neighbours warm?
Think outside the box. It’s our electricity, let’s use it.
P.S. And with our current MLA Kelly Bindle in Winnipeg it may be easier to loosen the purse strings.
Angus Campbell Sr.