More Transit Service This Fall
BC Transit is rolling out 2,500 new hours of service in Prince George, that will see additional service on Sundays and statutory holidays.
The plan also tweaks some routes to improve efficiency, and reduce travel time.
The consultation with riders, revealed that while 54% say they are satisfied overall with transit service in Prince George, 50% said they were dissatisfied with the availability of bus shelters and benches, while 25% said they were satisfied, and the rest were neutral on the issue.
There is work underway with UNBC to develop a shelter at the university, a project that expects to see a shelter built there by the end of this year. The design of shelters is a concern to Council, as the comment was made that the current bus shelters are more reflective of a lower mainland climate. Here, the weather is different, and as has been the experience just this week, the wind can be bitterly cold. Mayor Hall noted Winnipeg has a specific shelter design that may be more appropriate for Prince George winters. However, specially designed shelters are a capital cost, and won’t be up for discussion again until the 2018 budget is under discussion.
When it comes to route demand, there has been a call for service to the Blackburn area, but this expansion of service doesn’t address that request. BC Transit is looking at service to Blackburn for 2018.
Forty five percent indicated travel times on transit were “inconvenient”, compared to 35% who said the travel times were convenient.
Connections to major destinations, and reliability of service both scored well, at 50% and 54% respectively.
The expansion of service is being funded in a cost sharing agreement between the City of Prince George and BC Transit.