Transit improvements launching March 12
Comox Valley Transit is on track for a 10 per cent rise in ridership in 2011/12 and imminent service improvements are expected to help.
"The improvements coming into service from March 12 are the downtown Comox to downtown Courtenay express connector, which will cut that journey from about half an hour, which it takes now, to about 15 minutes," says Transit Manager Michael Zbarsky at the Comox Valley Regional District.
The new #3 Comox Express from Comox will do five trips on weekdays and four on Saturdays. The #4 Comox Express from Courtenay will also do four trips on Saturdays and seven on weekdays.
"We'll also have the #10 Royston-Buckley Bay going up Royston Road through to Cumberland and turning into a #2 more frequently," says Zbarsky. "That currently happens about once a day but it will be happening about five times per day, so Royston residents will have some better service."
An extra North Valley Connector #12 bus at 5:37 p.m. will also help people finishing work and school get out of Courtenay to meet the Campbell River bus.
These changes amount to an extra 1700 hours of service.
"We developed these improvements based on feedback from the public and also to meet the goals, objectives, targets of the Comox Valley sustainability and regional growth strategy," says CVRD Board Chair Edwin Grieve.
"Im glad that people in the Comox Valley had direct input into shaping the transit system around their own community," said Comox Valley MLA Don McRae. "Public consultation is the best way to deliver a vital service and I'd like to thank all the transit users who provided feedback because it makes using the bus faster and more convenient for everyone."
"In partnership with the Comox Valley Regional District we are pleased to provide this expanded and improved service," said Manuel Achadinha, President and CEO of BC Transit. "BC Transit is committed to connecting people and communities through sustainable transit solutions."
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