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Council OKs expanded transit plan

After tapping the brakes two weeks ago on a plan to expand the city’s transit system, council has decided to push ahead.

Council was worried that the $265,000 price-tag for the proposal didn’t provide enough benefit for the expenditure and sent the proposal to the finance and audit committee for consideration. The committee recommended going ahead with the plan.

The proposal will see an increase in annual service hours and the procurement of three fleet vehicles, which will be leased from BC Transit. with an implementation in September of 2020. This would mean an additional 4,000 annual service hours (a 4.6 per cent increase) from the base service levels. The additional hours would be used to provide peak service hour expansions, including express transit service to UNBC and CNC, and complemented by off peak, weekend and evening timing and routing improvements, as warranted.

The expansion is estimated to increase revenue by $71,136.

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