The wheels on the bus
I've wanted to voice my opinion on these two topics for some time, so here it goes!
First off, we need to get with the 1890's and initiate a bus system. I know it was tried around 10 years ago. For a couple weeks.
In the summer.
Without any promotion.
(Hmm, wonder why it FAILED!)
The topic has been discussed ad nauseam behind closed doors over the years, but never in a proper public forum. I'm sure if one was presented where some actual listening and devotion to change occurred, a system would be put in place.
The argument has always been that Brooks is small enough that we can get by through either walking or taking a cab. True, we are a smaller city, and we are well-served by taxi companies in this city. However, what about people who simply can't afford using a taxi on a regular basis? Ever try walking across town in the middle of winter with a crazy windchill?
Another standby has been the cost of instituting a bus system. True, it will cost some real pesos to establish a bus system, but this will be made up through fares and - oh yeah - the photo radar that has been taking pictures of everyone speeding in town. I've seen the City back plenty of endeavors over the years, and if enough attention is devoted to getting a bus system, it will happen.
Of course, there are the obvious benefits of busses in Brooks - environmentally friendly due to less 'one-person-per-car' traffic, affordable transportation, a safe option to deter drinking and driving.
Remember, this is also an election year, folks. Good time to bring this topic to the forefront!
Cool bands at the CRA + people = $$ for the City!
Another funding source would be to actually use the Centennial Regional Arena (CRA) for more than one purpose. I recall meetings where construction of the new facility vs. repair of the Centennial Arena at the Lakeside Leisure Centre cited the multi-purpose use of the CRA as a factor to 'go new'. So far, it's home to the Bandits (a local team to be proud of with their decade-plus of amazing hockey!) and a running track.
In the meantime, we have major events and bands playing Medicine Hat on Friday night, then driving by Brooks for their Saturday night gig in Calgary. We need some initiative here to bring big names to the CRA. I've contacted the City regarding this issue, using Twitter, and received a note saying "we're working on it."
Having acts stop between the Hat and Cowtown will bring put more butts in seats and more $$ to the Centennial City. Plus, it will quiet the refrain, "there's nothing to do in Brooks - it's so boring!"
It amazes me how cries go out for new structures, and when they come to fruition, they are under-utilized. There is no reason why the parking lot at the CRA should be bare (as it usually is). We have so many local community groups, artists, and sports teams that could be using it. And, the CRA is large enough to host big events and bands. Why isn't it used for this?
Because we are all complacent.