Once again the cruise ship season is upon us and once again the residents of James Bay, and, in particular, Dallas Road, are treated to a cacophony of roaring diesels from an endless parade of tour buses. In recent years, the increase in cruise ship arrivals means that bus traffic will often commence at 6:30 a.m. and continue on through to 11:30 at night. A major issue with this traffic is the proliferation of ancient and noisy highway buses, which should never be used on our urban environment. Adding to this annoyance is the fact that many of these 40-passenger dinosaurs are seen to be carrying no more than four or five passengers.
This entire scenario is a civic outrage and the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of city hall and the harbour authority. Every year it shows up on the agenda with the James Bay Neighbourhood Association and every year, nothing is done.
I would guess that a similar situation on Beach Drive in Oak Bay would not last a week!