Chilliwack Transit will see expanded hours and bus routes coming later this year. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Transit expansion rollout in Chilliwack leads to ridership increases

Chilliwack one of the most successful transit systems in B.C. last year with boosted ridership

As Chilliwack rolls out more transit services as part of its multi-year expansion, local ridership numbers are also on the rise.

Chilliwack became “one of the most successful transit systems” in B.C. last year with a nine per cent increase in ridership, said Coun. Sam Waddington, chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee for the City of Chilliwack.

“Talking bike lanes, transit, sidewalks and roads,” Waddington posted on social media last week during the TAC meeting. “We are rolling out 4,900 new transit hours this year.”

He was citing information and stats provided to TAC members in a report by a BC Transit official last week.

That boost in bus service expected in September is on top of an additional 6,000 hours last year and 7,600 the year before.

“This new rollout saw a nine per cent increase in ridership last year, making Chilliwack one of the most successful transit systems in B.C.,” said Waddington.

The additional service hours allowed for the No. 1 line to run every 15 minutes at peak times, up from every 20 minutes.

READ MORE: Expansion in the works

This year they are planning expanded hours of service, and route changes to No. 4 in Promontory, and earlier morning connections on No. 8 and others to connect to the FVX and Metro Vancouver transit.

READ MORE: FVX a benchmark

Route names are going up in the major cycling corridors this year and added signage on the Valley Rail Trail as the connection over Highway 1 gets built this summer with completed sections from airport Road in the downtown, to Wells Road in Sardis where it will tie into the Wiltshire Corridor all the way to Garrison Crossing by September.


@CHWKjourno
jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Sarah Wark faces do-or-die match at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Wark’s rink will face Manitoba Thursday morning with a championship pool berth on the line.

Chilliwack Chief Kevin Wall nominated for BCHL awards

Wall is in the running for MVP and top rookie, and will find out if he’s won before the playoffs.

Permaculture group planning a seed swap

The AGM is Feb. 23 for Valley Permaculture Guild members

Chilliwack-Kent MLA unimpressed with ‘classic NDP high-tax-and-spend budget’

Laurie Throness said there was nothing in Tuesday’s presentation for Chilliwack

Effort to move Chilliwack heritage house on Maitland falls through

Next up is an open house where interested parties can purchase heritage elements from the developer

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could save the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Most Read