The Present Public Transport Network
One 35 foot bus. Two routes, (click for map), and about three passengers it seems.
Castlegar has a very distributed residential population, and as such, smarter planning of bus routes, bus types and appropriate levels of service and waits is necessary. As I say often enough, Castlegar is not alone in problems like this, but it is big enough to know better than to accept this from the provincial government, who provides much of the funding for public transport.
In today’s local newspaper, reports of a study being undertaken to improve the service and rebuild ridership, which I think is an excellent initiative…
B.C. Transit will be looking at alternative solutions, and is considering adding another bus, simplifying the current route and possibly adding a Saturday service. “The system is going to be looked at. It takes a long time for somebody to go from one end of town to another,” said Marshall. “We can’t cut back anymore, that’s partly why the system isn’t growing anymore,” he added. (emphasis mine)
Hang on, cutting back? Why on earth would they be looking to cut things back!?! The problem surely is being caused by the cut backs. With the price of gas vs rising housing costs, people need options for transport that meet their needs. As new land is developed, houses are typically being built further from the commercial zones, and the service becomes more unwieldy the further out you go. Read more after the jump….