Concerned residents voice bus route backlash – update


Photo: Kevin Shead (left) and Theresa Mucci-Rodgers present their concerns over the new transit routes in Fort St. John – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Two Fort St. John residents say they aren’t happy about the changes to the transit system.

Theresa Mucci-Rodgers and Kevin Shead live along 111th Avenue in the City. The North side bus now travels along the avenue several times per day.

Both Mucci-Rodgers and Shead say there are too many safety and noise issues since transit relocated to the new route.

The pair presented their concerns to City Council on Tuesday afternoon.

Councilors say the City will soon be installing 12 new bus shelters around town, and Mucci-Rodgers says that could lead to even more problems.

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Now, Shead says snow builds up to approximately six feet along the avenue in the winter, making it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians getting on and off the bus.

He says the added noise has made it difficult for his child to sleep.

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Mucci-Rodgers says no one along the new route was informed that transit would be re-routed to 111th avenue.

But City Manager Dianne Hunter says there has been plenty of advertisement through local media and council meetings.

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Hunter says the City will be in talks with BC Transit. In the meantime, Hunter says the City is filing all of the transit concerns, so the City can address them when routes are revised.

In September, the City revised transit routes, in an effort to make the system more efficient, and to increase ridership.

*Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz says since then, ridership has increased by 12-16%.

*Click on the attachment below to view the 15 page report by Theresa Mucci-Rodgers.