Transit changes begin June 29, Saturday service ends

Come the end of the month, Saturday bus service is no more in Dawson Creek.

Starting on June 29, transit users need to be aware of other following service changes as well:

   - Reduction in service routes and changes to current schedules
    -  Route 3 Central will no longer be available
    - Route 2 Southside will be adjusted
   -  Service on Saturday will no longer be available
    - Bus stops will be removed and relocated according to service changes

Starting on July 1, transit fares will be updated as per Bylaw 4429, 2019, on Schedule B under the City of Dawson Creek Fees and Charges Bylaw.

For any concerns regarding the reduction of transit service or increase in fares, please contact the City of Dawson Creek.

The city says for more details on service changes and to view new schedules, please visit www.bctransit.com or pickup the newest Rider’s Guide on board.

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With more than $2.2 million in costs over the last two years, compared to less than $220,000 in revenue, the City of Dawson Creek will be cancelling route three in Mile Zero, and ending all Saturday bussing.

In 2019-2018 fiscal year total passengers were 103,828 with 11.5 rides per hour. $113,358 was the total revenue and total operating cost of $1,159,682.

In the 2018-2017 fiscal year total passengers were 99,010 with 11 rides per hour. $104,236 was total revenue with a total operating cost of $1,135,672.

BC Transit proposed six different options for the City to contemplate implementation by June 2020 of decreasing 55% buses and/or reduce service frequency.

City council unanimously voted to cut the city’s transit budget in half Monday afternoon. Changes will go into effect on June 30, 2020.

Weekday bussing will drop from 31 bussing hours daily, to 13.5 hours.

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