Don’t discard the free Chilliwack bus ride coupons

The biggest expansion of the bus system is coming this fall with more service hours, stat holiday service and new "neighbourhood" routes.

It's the third year City of Chilliwack is encouraging property owners to try a bus ride on their dime

It's the third year City of Chilliwack is encouraging property owners to try a bus ride on their dime

You may not have noticed the free bus ride coupons tucked into your 2013 municipal tax notice envelope envelope.

Dig them out if they haven’t hit the recycling bin.

It’s the third year City of Chilliwack is encouraging property owners to try a bus ride on their dime.

“It’s incentive for people to try transit,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz. “Some may not have ever considered getting on a bus in Chilliwack, but with a free coupon, they just might.”

Chillwack Transit has an annual ridership now of about 400,000 rides per year. The biggest expansion of the bus system is coming this fall with more service hours, stat holiday service and new “neighbourhood” routes.

“It certainly would be great to see another increase in ridership,” said Gaetz.

The new Vedder-Yale bus under the latest expansion runs every 20 minutes and that has bumped up the numbers.

“In the meantime we’re strongly committed to preserving the environment and strong encourage residents to consider all environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

“So cut out those coupons and see where they take you.”

The city partners with BC Transit on the Chilliwack Transit system, along with ridership revenues to offset the costs. The provincial share is about half, with the city paying 20 per cent and ridership accounting for 30 per cent.

For bus schedules, visit chilliwack.com/bus.

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