Fort St. John bus routes get an upgrade

Photo: (Left to Right) – Harold Westwood, Victor Shopland and Wanda Le Roux presented a rough-draft plan of proposed changes to Fort St. John’s bus routes – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Fort St. John’s transit system will be undergoing a renovation.

Wanda Le Roux from BC Transit, along with Director of Infrastructure and Public Works Victor Shopland and Service Delivery Manager Harold Westwood, presented the report to City Council on Monday.

Le Roux says BC Transit has a goal to double Fort St. John’s ridership by the year 2030.

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She says BC Transit will be working to make the bus routes more efficient. She says organizers are finalizing the proposed scheduling, which looks at all three routes meeting at the Cultural Center, every half hour throughout the day.

This means riders would be able to get from one end of the city to the other without having to transfer at the Northern Lights College.

Le Roux says some routes might change by ten minutes, getting some children to school ten minutes earlier. She says once a more concrete proposal is in place, BC Transit will discuss the changes with the School District 60.

Now, Mayor Bruce Lantz says the improvements should reduce the drain on the City’s budget.

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The new routes will begin September 8th. BC Transit will post the new schedule on their website, .