Regional District of Nanaimo and B.C. Transit will hold open houses in Nanaimo on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, Feb. 22 in order to get information to help from a local area transit plan for south Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

RDN and B.C. Transit seek input for south Nanaimo transit plan

Transit open houses to be held Feb. 21 and 22 at Nanaimo hospital, VIU and Port Place

Regional District of Nanaimo and B.C. Transit seek information from residents which will help formulate a local area transit plan for the south end of Nanaimo.

Open houses are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Feb. 22 at Vancouver Island University, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Port Place Shopping Centre, 2-6 p.m., and feedback is being gathered to provide direction for future transit expansions, according to Daniel Pearce, RDN director of transportation and emergency services.

Last October, the RDN board directed staff to prepare a report that would examine transit service improvements in the south of Nanaimo, as well as the Cedar, Cassidy and South Wellington areas. Pearce said a report will be presented to the board either in late 2018 or early 2019.

In addition, the board has approved a 5,000-hour annual conventional transit expansion anticipated for September and Pearce said details of the expansion will be presented to the board for approval in March.

“The RDN long-range transit future plan highlighted transit service to Duke Point,” said Pearce in an e-mail, when asked about transit issues being examined. “It also highlighted expanded service to VIU through local area routes.”

He said Duke Point service will be one of the options brought before the committee at that time and any further information cannot be provided until then.

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