Two new bus lines are operating this week after the latest expansion to Chilliwack's bus system.
The expansion will also see the Vedder/Yale corridor bus route extended at its north and south ends along with more evening and holi- day service.
“I know we’ve made a lot of people happy,” Mayor Sharon Gaetz said earlier this year. “The people we have made most happy are the university students that now will have door-to-door service in their area, so there should be no way a student would not take the bus in the City of Chilliwack.”
It comes at a cost though: the price of an adult fare will rise from $1.50 to $2. The policy on transfers is also being amended, with trans- fers now valid for 60-minutes and in one direction only.
Ridership increased by nine per cent between July 2012—when transit service was first boosted—and June 2013, with ridership for one month topping 35,000.
Those increases have been seen primarily on the Yale/Vedder bus, which runs every 20 minutes and carries more than half of the city’s bus riders.
The expansion of service will see 7,500 more hours of service (from 23,000 to 30,500), two additional bus- es, extension of the mainline route, two new neighbour- hood routes, three addition- al evenings of services and 11 days of statutory holiday service. Riders will also be able to buy fares online at www.chilliwack.com/transit.
The Yale/ Vedder Bus will now stop at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Canada Education Park campus.
The two new routes include a bus that runs in the Broadway/McNaught area and will stop at both the Downtown exchange and the two malls. The oth- er bus runs from the malls, down Tyson Road, to Twin rinks and the surrounding neighbourhood. The route of the No. 2 bus that stops at Eagle Landing has been shortened, as has the route of the No. 3 bus, which still goes to Fairfield Island and downtown Chilliwack but no longer strays south of the railroad tracks.
“All partners in this ambi- tious and bold step forward are to be congratulated for working together to bring about the largest transit expansion in Chilliwack’s history,” Chilliwack MLA John Martin said in a press release.
“We are pleased to offer expanded transit services for the people of Chilliwack,” said Gaetz. “With the ability to buy tickets and passes online, the addition of new routes, holiday ser- vice and later service for six nights, it will be easier than ever for people to choose public transit in Chilliwack.”
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