UFV students push to extend shuttle bus service

University of the Fraser Valley students will vote in October on increasing their bus fee to expand new shuttle bus service.

Less than one month since the campus shuttle bus launched, University of the Fraser Valley students have agreed to return to referendum to significantly expand service.

Already the new Campus Connector shuttle service completes over 1,200 passenger trips weekly through its two buses.

In fact, it is so popular that the bus fills up at some point every day – especially the early morning services – and students are left stranded, according to Student Union Society president Shane Potter. For example, there were 22 students turned away during the week Sept. 16–20, 2013.

The Student Union Society will soon launch a referendum to fund one additional bus Monday to Thursday, later runs on Friday on existing buses, and start up a summer semester shuttle.

Students already pay $6.75 fee annually for the Campus Connector.

They will have to nearly triple that to $17.75 annually to fund the service expansion.

“This call for more demand, it comes right out of the students. I get emailed, called, and Tweeted, and Facebooked, every single day with students that are relying upon the service to get from one campus to another,” said Potter.

He added that students from other municipalities, such as Langley and Surrey, are also arriving in Abbotsford and relying on the Campus Connector to get to the Chilliwack campus.

According to Jody Gordon, vice-president of student services, it took Kwantlen Polytechnic University over 18 months to reach UFV’s ridership figures when Kwantlen introduced its own shuttle bus to move students between the Langley and Surrey campuses.

UFV’s Campus Connector was approved as a one-year pilot project by the university starting Sept. 3, 2013. If students support an expansion of service next month, that would be a strong message to the administration that students want to extend the shuttle service beyond its first year, said Gordon.

Last week, the Fraser Valley Regional District green-lighted a BC Transit express bus to connect Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Langley potentially as early as Sept. 2014.

The planned express bus will not have an immediate impact on the UFV shuttle. When an operational start date is confirmed, UFV will reassess its own shuttle service.

“We have to make sure that they’re able to provide a level of service that meets the demands of our students…There’s still a lot of uncertainty as to when it will start, what it will look like,” said Potter.

Gordon echoed the sentiment on behalf of the university.

“Staff and faculty are utilizing the shuttle service with the university’s contribution. I don’t see that staff and faculty will necessarily go and replace that with public transit, because this is a dedicated door-to-door service.”

SUS member students will vote online in the final week of October on the proposal to expand the Campus Connector shuttle service.

akonevski@abbynews.com
twitter.com/alinakonevski

Just Posted

A Milbert’s tortoiseshell rests on a flower. Nature Chilliwack says butterfly gardens for every stage of life are possible using plants native to the area. (Photo/Nature Chilliwack)
Nature Chilliwack offers butterfly garden tips

Gardens can be created using local plants, the nature club says

(Photo/Mary-Jean Coyle)
Community Camera for June 11, 2021

Submit your photos to news@ahobserver.com

Jacqueline Pearce and Jean-Pierre Antonio received the BC Historical Federation Best Article Award on Saturday for their story about translating haiku written in the Tashme internment camp.
Article chronicling haiku in Japanese internment camp near Hope wins award

Tashme Haiku Club’s work was preserved and recently translated, authors write

(Adam Louis/Observer)
PHOTOS: Students leap into action in track events at Kent Elementary

At Kent Elementary, when the sun’s outside, the fun’s outside. The intermediate… Continue reading

Kindergarten kids from Evans elementary school in Chilliwack painted rocks with orange hearts and delivered them to Sto:lo Elders Lodge recently after learning about residential schools. (Laura Bridge photo)
Kindergarten class paints rocks with orange hearts in Chilliwack for local elders

‘Compassion and empathy’ being shown by kids learning about residential schools

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

Most Read