Nanaimo commuters get more transit choices

Transit commuters will have more choices and more efficient service next year.

Transit commuters will have more choices and more efficient service next year as the Regional District of Nanaimo rolls out an additional 5,000 service hours in March.

The expansion includes more frequent trips to commercial areas and major hubs, including routes No. 44 and 15 which operate in the Vancouver Island University area and routes No. 8 and 9 in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital are, and connecting as many routes as possible to the Departure Bay ferry terminal.

Daniel Pearce, RDN transit and planning manager, said increasing service and creating more convenience and efficiency to get people to their destination is a step to attract people to the transit system for their day-to-day commuting.

He said it has to be attractive to people to use it.

“It’s hard to encourage people to take transit if the frequency and convenience isn’t there,” said Pearce.

Joanna Linsangan, B.C. Transit spokeswoman, said the expanded service will benefit all customers by giving more direct service to a number of locations including the university, Woodgrove Centre and adding weekend service to the VIU connector. She said B.C. transit is committed to getting more people out of their cars on onto transit.

The service expansion funding will be split between the B.C. Transit, contributing 46.69 per cent, and the RDN, contributing 53.31 per cent.

The RDN’s portion of the expansion is $300,000. The majority of the money will be paid for through local property taxes but fares will also increase by about 11 per cent. An adult day pass will increase from $5.75 to $6.25 and an adult monthly pass will increase from $60.75 to $67.50.

The RDN also hopes to gain revenue by increased ridership and attracting new riders to the routes because of more convenient and efficient service.

The expansion is part of the RDN’s commitment to double ridership by 2020 and is based on the 2008 RDN Transit Business Plan. In 2009 service expanded 850 hours and in 2010 another 4,200 hours were added. There was no expansion in 2011.

The RDN and B.C. Transit are hosting an open house Tuesday (Dec. 6) from noon to 8 p.m. at Beban Park for people to learn about the expansion and provide feedback.

During the open house people can also suggest other areas they would like to see transit expanded in. Pearce said if routes aren’t expanded this round, the comments are essential to identify areas of future expansion.

People can also view the 2012 service expansion outline at www.rdn.bc.ca, starting Monday (Dec. 5) and can comment until Dec. 19.

reporter3@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

Two Nanaimo residents share $5-million lotto prize

Jesse Logan and Teresa Winters Day matched all six numbers in Aug. 21 Lotto 6/49 draw

East Coast comedian Ron James bringing ‘Full Throttle Tour’ to Nanaimo

James is at work on the first draft of his first book, ‘All Over the Map’

Thieves steal computers and two beers during downtown Nanaimo restaurant break-in

Break-and-enter happened Sept. 3 at Zalathai Thai Restaurant on Victoria Crescent

Nanaimo Boat Show full of ideas about how to get out on the water

Show takes place Sept. 19-22 at Waterfront Suites and Marina on Stewart Avenue

Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidates try to chart a path to victory

Conservatives, NDP, Liberals set sights on votes needed to unseat Green incumbent

Nanaimo remembers Terry Fox and runs for his cause

Terry Fox Run was held Sunday at Bowen Park

Island campground on the chopping block as ALC deadline looms

Owners fighting to continue facility’s operation, with a huge outpouring of support

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

U.S. student, killed in Bamfield bus crash, remembered as ‘kind, intelligent, talented’

John Geerdes, 18, was one of two UVic students killed in the crash on Friday night

Clippers earn five out of six points in BCHL action

Nanaimo splits with Alberni Valley, beats Chilliwack

UVic students killed in Bamfield bus crash were from Winnipeg, Iowa City

Authorities said the two victims were a man and a woman, both aged 18

Safety concerns resurface after fatal bus crash on Vancouver Island

Huu-ay-aht First Nations wants a safe route between Bamfield and Port Alberni

Two dead, two in critical condition in highway crash near Campbell River

Highway 19 reopened Sunday night after it was closed in both directions

Most Read