Bus service in Alberni on the rise

BC Transit has games out scenarios for improved transit service in Alberni, and are inviting the public to give input.

Bus driver Ben Bakker reflects on possible changes to Alberni's transit system next year.

In a time when service often takes a back seat to economics, it’s nice to see BC Transit taking another look at how it serves our community.

And we are excited about some of the changes they have proposed.

Perhaps it’s surprising to some that Port Alberni is No. 6 in terms of ridership in the province—just two spots behind the bustling city of Victoria. However, to those who rely on our transit system to get from one side of our sprawling valley to the other, it’s day-to-day transportation.

We are heartened at the discussion of creating an exchange in the heart of Port Alberni. It’s something a modern city, for lack of a better term, has; and shows transit is as important a link in our transportation system as it is in larger burgs like Nanaimo or Victoria.

While we understand BC Transit is looking for efficiencies while attempting to keep our service user-friendly, Port Alberni’s ridership could be construed as a positive signal on how our community is evolving.

Streamlining the schedules during the week and evenings, and keeping Sunday service will hopefully see even more ridership in the coming years.

The buses already run through Hupacasath First Nation territory, and we applaud the idea of extending service out to the Tseshaht First Nation territory and to the Tseshaht Market, a region bursting with possibilities and opportunities.

Soon, transit options will come to the public for comment. It is important to let the powers that be know whether you like the changes—and what you feel could be improved.

Just Posted

Kids help Alberni Aquarium build rockfish luminary for next exhibit

Swimming For Change takes over in time for spring break

One dead, two seriously injured in Hwy 4 crash west of Port Alberni

A man has died following a single-vehicle collision west of Port Alberni… Continue reading

Risk of ‘deadly avalanches’ leads to warning for B.C.’s south coast

Weak layer of snow on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland could trigger an avalanche

Port Alberni council looking at nearly 4% tax increase for 2019

Policing, bridge rehabilitation and impending cruise ship visits all jostling for funding

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

Most Read