News / Calgary

Checker Cabs not behind group opposing southwest Calgary BRT, says owner

Twitter users note company's name attached to group's website

A group called Ready to Engage is opposed to the planned Southwest bus rapid transit project, which would include adding two bus-only lanes to a section of 14 Street SW.

Jennifer Friesen / For Metro

A group called Ready to Engage is opposed to the planned Southwest bus rapid transit project, which would include adding two bus-only lanes to a section of 14 Street SW.

The owner of Checker Cabs said his company has absolutely nothing to do with a group of concerned Calgary citizens opposed to a southwest transit project.

Kurt Enders was responding to questions from people on twitter who noted the registrant for the Ready to Engage group’s website was Checker Cabs Ltd.

Paul Doherty is a blogger and twitter user who first looked up the information through a domain search. He then tweeted out a screenshot of what he found.

He said he didn’t do anything more with the information, until Wednesday afternoon when he sent a tweet to Checker Cabs, asking if they were involved with the group.

Enders confirmed to Metro he is a member of Ready to Engage, but is simply a concerned citizen who lives in the area.

“It’s a personal thing. It has nothing to do with my company,” said Enders.

When the group started meeting, he volunteered to help set up the website and to host it.

He said the group is no different than any other that comes together for a common cause.

“I’ve got staff members being dragged through the mud and my company being dragged through the mud when they’ve got no involvement,” he said.

Alan Hallman has been acting as media liason for Ready to Engage. He said in a way, he’s glad the issue has blown up on twitter, because the media is finally paying attention to the group.

He bristles at the idea that the cab industry is somehow behind the group.

“We are affected land owners that want a say in this is development. We want a say because our children play in those yards.”

Metro Savers