Bus service Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs is one of the most successful small systems in the province, says BC Transit, with constantly increasing ridership.
In years past, the system was so overcrowded that fist fights broke out on a few occasions, and taxis had to be called to pick up extra riders that would be left behind. That prompted an expansion in 2010, and ridership increased with the extra services.
Now, the buses are filling to capacity again, according to a report from BC Transit. At times, riders are being left behind in Chilliwack to wait an hour for the next bus, and some of those riders are students.
Now, BC Transit is recommending replacing the current two buses with ‘vicinity buses’ that offer a 22 per cent increase in capacity.
It’s just one of many changes being discussed in the Chilliwack transit system, and an open house is being held Thursday, May 23 at the District of Kent’s council chambers, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
At previous council meetings, both Harrison Hot Springs and the District of Kent approved the change in theory. The FVRD requires full approval from all communities before moving forward with their plan.
BC Transit is also looking for feedback on their plan to link Agassiz with Seabird Island and Hope.