Transit must be convenient, accessible, affordable and frequent if suburbanites are going to get out of their cars and use it. Are unlocked public washrooms also necessary?
Coquitlam councillors say 'yes' but they may be going against TransLink in their desire for unlocked washrooms for the Evergreen Line. But why? Many major cities have public washrooms near transit stations, why can't we? Surely, travellers shouldn't have to beg an attendant to unlock a washroom on the Evergreen Line. There is technology that can make public washrooms convenient, clean and safe.
Most people would argue that public washrooms are one of those conveniences that make a city civilized. Without them, people are inclined to use more public means to relieve themselves. If TransLink can put in fare gates that many say won't generate enough revenue to justify the cost, then surely public washrooms should be next on their list.