After much discussion, council voted at Tuesday's meeting to have bus service on Routes 1 and 2 between 8:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. and 2:45 – 7:15 p.m. to facilitate those attending the Remembrance Day service at the Legion. Transit services are not normally provided on statutory holidays under the city's contract with B.C. transit.
There will be two HandyDARTs providing free service from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. The motion originally brought to council had only one HandyDART running on Remembrance Day, a stat holiday, and did not specify that transit would be free. Council felt that one HandyDART would not be enough to properly service all the seniors who may wish to attend the event.
On election day, normal transit will run and buses will also be free.
B.C. Transit has agreed to share the cost of this extra service. The cost for regular buses on Remembrance Day will be $1681.85, and the cost per HandyDART will be $237.09, totalling $2156.03. After cost sharing the City will pay approximately half of that cost.
These costs were not included in the 2011 budget, and City Manager Dianne Hunter added "it is going to be difficult to balance this portion of the budget with this additional service in it."
Since money from transit fares goes directly to the City, the city will only suffer from a lack of revenue for election day. On an average Saturday the revenue is approximately $86.