BC Transit is proposing to add a central bus route to compliment the existing northside and southside routes by servicing the downtown areas between 17 and Eighth Streets. Also, an additional morning trip at 6:40 a.m. and an additional evening trip at 7:20 p.m. would be added to the northside route. The southside route would see an additional 7 a.m. trip, and would alternate service between a Canalta loop and a Multiplex loop.
BC Transit is encouraging feedback on the proposed changes until Dec. 18 through an online survey. That survey, and more information on the changes, can be accessed online at http://www.bctransit.com/daw_febservice/. The new service will take effect on Feb. 6, 2012.
The transit authority is proposing these changes after hearing the concerns of local customers who were impacted to previous changes made back in April. Customers complained that the extended northside and southside routes and the elimination of a third route to the Multiplex resulted in longer wait times at bus stops and confusion when it came to transfers at the Co-op Mall. Officials with BC Transit presented these latest proposals to city council and the community back in October, and council approved those changes then.
The changes are expected to have a net cost to local taxpayers of about $5,000 after factoring in the $150,000 in fixed cost savings that BC transit negotiated with the local operator. Dawson Creek taxpayers already pay nearly $593,000 for transit service annually.
Maps of all three routes have been attached below.