Transit Future rolls into Hope

25-year plan also available on-line

BC Transit vice president Mike Davis speaks with media about the Transit Future bus during a stop in Chilliwack on Monday morning. In the afternoon the bus travelled to Hope where the public had the opportunity to tour the bus and review B.C.Transit's 25-year regional transit plan.

What will it take to get people out of their cars and on the bus?

Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz asked that question while aboard a tricked out BC Transit bus parked at the Chilliwack city hall Monday for a media event.

The interactive bus is actually a mobile public consultation tool, visiting Chilliwack and the Eastern Fraser Valley this week to spark interest in the draft Transit Future with local, regional, and inter-regional service improvement ideas.

The B.C. Transit bus was again open for tours at the Hope district hall, Monday afternoon, although details on how the community would be serviced locally and, or inter-regionally, and how future service would be funded, wasn’t clearly defined.

Two new routing options for the Chilliwack Transit System were mapped out on the bus, and people voted for their favourite with colourful dots, or on sticky notes.

The feedback on sticky notes included a call for a “fast bus to the Sky Train,” while another wrote, “Don’t totally rule out Rail for the Valley.”

“This plan supports our FVRD goals for cleaner and greener air,” said the mayor, who is also an FVRD director. “But the question remains, what will it take for you to get on the bus?” explained BC Transit vice-president Mike Davis

Residents can shape the Future Transit home by going to www.bctransit.com and clicking on ‘Transit Future.’