City council and BC Transit deserve credit for taking real steps to improve the city’s once-lacklustre bus system.
Now it’s time for residents to get on board.
Over the past two years, service has been extended, new bus routes have been added, and the Yale/Vedder corridor bus can move people north and south efficiently and quickly.
Ridership has grown, but the system is still under-utilized by residents. That’s excusable; Chilliwack had a below-par system for so long, it will take time for would-be riders to realize that they can get around town without driving their own car.
It will also take residents time to adjust their own budgets and commuting plans to reflect the added option of transit.
The new additions help make it possible for those living in certain areas of Chilliwack to get by without the use of a car. Especially for those who don’t commute to and from work every day, the changes should make it easier to take the insurance off that gas-guzzling car. At $2 a ride, or $44 for a monthly adult pass (the cost is less for students and seniors), there is money to be saved.
Chilliwack’s bus system has a ways to go before we can say that it’s reducing traffic along the city’s increasingly busy roads. But it’s already come a considerable distance.
If you haven’t looked at the new rider’s guide—and the odds are that you haven’t—here are a couple of bus-related conveniences to take note of:
For the past year, the No. 1 bus has been running up and down Yale and Vedder Road every 20 minutes. Now its route has been extended all the way to Menzies in the north and to the University of the Fraser Valley in the south.
Both the No. 7 bus and the No. 2 bus have termini in both downtown Chilliwack and at the malls.
There’s a bus that runs all the way to Harrison Hot Springs. This isn’t new, but it’s a great way to access a Fraser Valley gem for those without a car. (Fares are $2.50 for an adult.)
There’s also a new bus that runs along Tyson Road in an almost-straight line between Twin Rinks and the mall. It should make hopping on a bus more convenient for residents along that corridor.
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