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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHMIDOE IIMAID FrWiy, Jmy.ry J1, I jLethbridge transit system s a service, not a utility' By JOE MA Slalf Writer The Lethbridge city bus sys- tem and a pol-liole strewn, roll- er-coaster 43rd St. rural Leth- bridge exit route have not been bright local transportation spots. THE TRANSIT On Jan. 1, 1972 the Leth- bridge city transit system be- came the first in Canada to lower its passenger fares, in- stead of rqigJTifT them. The 10-cent exact cash fare for adults, students and chil- dren will be observed for six months, to see whether there will be more passengers, what' the deficits will be, and wheth- er it is feasible to continue these lares. "City transit is a service, not a utility, and as such, consid- erations should not weighed just on said Oliver Erdos, city utilities director. "The new fare structure has already attracted many new faces on our buses, and many who used to drive to work now take the bus." Mr. Erdos said he Is "very optimistic" the low fares will stay after the six-month period. "The deficits will be in- creased, but if we can provide a good service, the balance will be weighed toward the service he said. Ttie transit system has a fleet of 22 buses serving a popula- tion of or roughly one bus for every persons. This clearly shows that there aren't enough buses and there aren't enough passen- gers. Six of the buses were bought before 1960, including three purchased prior to 1947, and all are approaching one million ser- vice miles. According to Ot- tawa standards, it is preferable to retire buses after 12 years or miles, whichever is shorter. "I have worked lor the speedier replacement of our old buses, and I will continue to work for Mr. Erdos said. The transit presently op- erates seven routes: Route 1 7.9 miles; Drivers' licences will cost per year after Jan. 31 The cost of a driver's licence will be doubled starting Jan. 31, the motor vehicles branch in Edmonton has announced. The new cost of ?2 per year as against is necessary to cover administrative costs, ac- cording to Highways and Trans- port Minister Clarence Copi- thorne. A cabinet order in council Wednesday also decided to even out the renewal of driver's li- cences by issuing one, two, three, four and five year li- cences at random. These will be charged at ?2 per year. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Denial Mechoni Cppilol Furniture PHONE 328-7684 1 nil I J "There are now over one mil- lion licences in Alberta, and half of them are to be renewed this said Bob Adin, chief clerk of operators division of the branch. "We want to divide the re- newals into equal amounts each year, and the selection of one, two, three, four or five years will be done by the he said. "This will be done in 1972 only, and afterwards all li- cences will be Issued on a five- year basis." There will be no additional changes in condition codes, which were modified last year, be said. L. T. Millard, Lethbridge mo- tor vehicle branch manager, said until the order-in-council is received, the local branch will handle licence renewals in the same way as last year. NOTICE Effective Monday, January 24th, 1972, the even- ing bui lervict will as Ragular service on all routes will continue till p.m.; efter p.m. the following service will be provided: MONDAY through SATURDAY ROUTE l.-Last complete run will leave downtown at p.m. ROUTE trip will leave downtown p.m. ROUTE 3.-Last trip will leave downtown p.m. ROUTE 4.-Last trip will leave downtown p.m. ROUTE S.-Last trip will leave downtown p.m. Effective the same date Roulei 4, 4A and 5 will enter the Centre Village Parking lot and provide a di- rect service to the bui shelter situated it Eait en- trance of Mall. BUS FARES ARE NOW 1fjfj GO WITH US RIDE THE BUS For further information contact Transit Office 337-2581 Route 1A 7.S miles; Route 2 5.2 miles; Route 3 6.5 miles; Route 4 5.4 miles; Route 4A S.I miles; Route 5 5.2 miles. Most of the citizens have ac- cess to bus routes within three blocks, said John Frauws, tran- sit superintendent. The transit system carries be- tween and fare- paying passengers each month. The daily fare-paying passenger load varies from to In addition, it carries be- tween and school- children each of the 200 school days of the year. The system has been carry- ing about 1.5 million passen- gers annually for the past 10 years. However, the figure shows a decline form 2.2 mil- lion passengers in 1954. The transit system has 34 employees, including 22 bus op- erators. They have never held a strike. The top wage rose from ?2.02 per hour hi 1961 to now. The fare was 15 cents two years ago, and 20 cents after- wards, until being dropped to 10 cents.' The deficits are iiiereaslng, mostly because of a bus re- placement policy which In- creased the annual deprecia- tion from to SfiO.OOO. The deficits amounted to 643 in 1970, up from In 1966 and in 1961. The transit system bought one transit bus and four school buses last year, and will buy anoUrer transit bus this year. With the new capital expendi- ture, it will be able to retire the old buses in the next few years. Capital expenditures: 1972 MO.OOO 1973 1974 1975 1976 The transit used to charter buses from the private sector, but mis has been discontinued since last April. "We receive very few com- Mr. Frauws said. "Of the complaints received, most were about off-schedule runs due to unfavorable road condi- tions in the winter. "In my opinion, we are able to cope with the demand at least for the next two years, barring rapid developments in West He said the transit is operat- ing 10 daily runs to the Uni- versity. "Tills service will be increased as West Lelhbridge he said. Currently, passesger fares constitute about two-thirds of the transit's revenue. The oth- er one-third comes from char- ier and miscellaneous services. The revenue structure: Passenger fares: 1961 1966 1970 Charter and misc. 1061 1966 1970 Two ways the transit is los- ing money are the distribution of 3.000 free passes to old age pensioners, and the onw-ntlon of buses after 10 p.m., when very few passengers board the buses. According to present Indica- tions, there will be an express- way built by the mid-1970's across the river to link Leth- bridge with West Lethbridge. The cost will be split 75 per cent from the provincial gov- ernment and 25 per cent lo- cally. Mr. Frauws said if the ex- pressway on 6th Ave. S. is built, the transit will be able to double its service to the west- ern part of the city. 43rd STREET "We have a funny situation In says provincial Unifarm executive Bill Wool. "The 43rd St. route is a very Important roadway, especially for farmers. Yet it is rough and nobody is doing anything about it." The entire north-south length of the road is a problem. "Some understanding has been reached between the City of Lethbridge and the County of Lethbridge regarding this city engineering direc- tor Handy Holfeld said, "ap- proval is being waited from the provincial department of highays and transport, and if the approval comes, the prov- ince, the city and the county government will participate in the street's upgrading." Mr. Holfeld said he is unable to give a timetable for the im- provement of the road, along which half of the choice meat in Canada is processed, "but probably this will be done in the current five-year program starting this year." Southland farmers avoid us- ing the road as often as pos- sible. Axles get broken driving down 43rd St. MORE TOMORROW OUT, TIED UP-St. John Ambulance Brigade member Frank Bennett donated his leg, but only temporar- ily, so fellow Lethbridge brigade members (left to right) Margret Grusj, Karhy Henderson and Marianne DeHeer could try using a Thomas kg splint. They are supervised in their efforts by Dr. F. T. Preston. The Thomas splint is de- signed to immobilize a broken leg and provide enough tension to keep broken bone ends separated. Films en emergency respiration will be presented ot next regular meeting of local brigade on Feb. 2 at the city police station at 8 p.m. Horner says incentive fund may renew vegetable industry By GREG McINTYRE Slalf Writer Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner said Wednesday that money from the Alberta gov- ernment's proposed million industrial incentive fund may aid the province's ailing vege- table processing industry. At least 80 per cent of the vegetables eaten by Albertans are now imported from out of the province, he said. One of UK first grants from the proposed fund could go to the Newell Vegetable Co-op, a fresh vegetable packaging plant at Brooks, said the min- ister. The industrial incentive fund, to be discussed at the spring sitting of the Alberta legisla- ture, is aimed at encouraging secondary industry in rural areas. Dr. Horner invited agricul- tural prcoessers in the province to submit applications for grants from the fund. "I'm going to do what I can to see that a good proportion of that fund goes to he said. Don Murray, past president of the Newell Co-op said he will have an application in Ed- monton within three weeks ask ing for to upgrade and expand vegetable processing fa- cilities at Brooks. The money would go to dou- ble storage capacity at the plant and expand the produce line into potatoes. Produce now includes parsnips, turnips, on- ions, cabbages, red beets and summer radishes, he said. Mr. Murray said Albertans are only producing five to 10 per cent of their potential vege- table crop. The key to increasing local vegetable production is increas- ing storage capacity, he said "This will require vast amounts of money and know- he said. Even a dry lounge City hall plans interior renovations The next budget session should bring out some prelimi- nary plans for major renova- tions to city hall. The subject was briefly dis- cussed at Monday's council meeting and the city manager was directed to investigate pos- sible renovations within the ex- isting structure to accommo- date a lounge and a possible extension of the building to in- clude new council chambers. The lounge would be the non- licensed variety and be used for informal meetings among alderman, administrators or of- ficial city guests. Room for a lounge is avail- able on the second floor of city hall since the inspection and development department has moved to the basement A room has been constructed next to the engineering depart- ment and would require further alterations and furnishings for use as a lounge. No estimate of the cost for furnishings or renovations hat been made by the administra- tion. The budget committee has accepted a etpen- Information centre possible By RUDY HAUGENEDER Staff Writer An information centre which will supply city residents with information about every aspect of con-jnunity activity may be formed in Lethbridge. Tony Tobin, chairman of a set-man task force appointed to look into the matter says the amount of support for the project has yet to be deter- mined. Most social service and re- lated agencies operating in Lethbridge have expressed sup- port for the information centre The concept, named Informa- tion Lethbridge, grew as a re- sult of a mid December public meeting which pointed out the many costly duplications of in- formation services already pro- vided city residents. At the time It vat also de- cided that a central information data bank could advise people where to get the help and could also serve as an inter-agency planning body. The task force will draw up questionnaire aimed at finding out what community and so- cial service agency needs are. The questionnaire, which will be answered by a select but representative cross section of the community, will be pro- fessionally and possibly com- puter interpreted when com- pleted. The task force will hold a workshop in the near future to decide further courses of ac- tion. The task force developed questionnaire will be divided into various clusters of infor- mation each cluster repre- senting an individual area of community service. There will then be drawn into a central information bank. When the analysis of the questionnaires is complete it is expected the various funding agencies in existence will be approached to provide funding for Information Lethbridge. The project is expected to provide a complete profile of current and future city social needs. diture under the community services department budget for 1972 capital projects, part of which would go toward the lounge. Indications are that the ex- penditure will be made this year. That could also be the case for an attention of city hall and construction rf new council chambers in that addition. Plans were drawn up several years ago to add a wing to the building from the 4th Ave. en- trance. City manager Tom Nut- ting said those plan: will be looked at again and a cost esti- mate updated. There has also been some thought given to expanding to the south over the city hall parking lot, Mr. Nutting said. The cost of any expansion would be requisitioned under the capital budget, which is es- timated at for this year excluding any city hall BISSETT ELECTRIC (1971) 226 12th St. A North Phone 327-7508 Owner LEON J. CZAJKOWSKI AUTHORIZED DEALER AND SERVICE CENTRE FOR PIONEER CHAIN SAWS Dr. Homer said increasing local agricultural production will also require greater in- volvement In promoting Alber- ta produce on the part of whole- salers. AUCTIONEERS' ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA CHARITY AUCTION TUES., FEB. 1st at 7 p.m. LETHBRIDGE EXHIBITION PAVILION LCTrfMIDGE, ALBERTA ALL PROCEEDS TO THE MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN Help auctioneers help the mentally port special tales at the auction yards and big auction in Lethbridge. SPECIAL HOG SALES at following auction marktti PICTURE BUTTE-Salurday, Jan. 32 and 29. PfAIRIE LIVESTOCK-Mwlddy. Jon. 24 and 31 LETHMIDGE PUBLIC STOCKYARDS- Monday, Jan. 24 and 31. FOKT MACLEOD AUCTION-Tutiday, Jan. If. PERUCH BROS.-TuMday, Jan. 25 and Feb. J. All Hoai Donated by Southern Albeita Hog Producers Aiioclalion Donationi Accepted for Sale by Any of the Southern Alberta Auctioneer! Lilted Below: DON AITWIN, Twin River BOB IALOO, Milk River FRED BURTON, Coaldale HERB CHRISTIE, lothbridaa JIM CROWE, Stav.ly RAY EGGER, Lethbridge ALLAN EGLAND, Carrnangay KEITH ERDMANN, lelhbridgt BERNARD ERICKSON, Vauinall HARRY FILIPCHUK, Lomond ROY FJORDBOTTEN, Granum WILLIAM HOPE, Lethbridge GARY JENSEN, Taber ALEX JOSZA JR., Wrentham JIM JURIS, Picture Bulle JERRY HAMMON, Turin LES HANDLEY, Coaldale ROGER HANDLEY, Coaldale (ILL HENINOER, Cardlton JERRY KANEWI5CHER, Lelhbridge FRANK MEGALLA, lotnond KEN MILLER, Magrath DAVE McNAB, Fort Maclead KEN HURLBURT, Fort Macleed TED NEWBY, BOB NIGHTENGALE, Pincher Creek DEAN OSEEN, Turin TONY PERLICH, Lethbridge JOE PERLICH, Lethbridge LYNN REEDER, Cardllen TOM RUGGLES, Champion ARTHUR SCOTT, Stavely GORDON SHERWOOD, Lelhbridge BILL SLOAN, Cardlton GERALD THOMPSON, Fort Macleod ED TORSHER, Bow lilond JULIUS URBAN, SnaughnOHy DON WALPER, Pincher Creek CARL ZEIOLER, Bow Illand BE SURE TO ATTEND THE BIG AUCTION SALE TUES., FEB. 1st AT THE LETHBRIDGE EXHIBITION PAVILION Before You Buy... Check at Beny's The Beny Boys ore anxious to Deal They're putting you FIRST in a BIG way or You May Pay Too Much! BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE SHOWROOM 2 Ave. and 8 St. S. Phone 327-3147 OK SUPERMARKET LOT Phone 327-3148 ;