RDN proposes more bus service for Bowser

The regional district is looking to increase from one bus a week to five

There could be dramatically expanded transit access to Bowser/Deep Bay by this time next year.

“We are proposing that this route (#99 Deep Bay) be extended from one day a week to five days a week,” Daniel Pearce, Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Manager of Transit Operations¬†told The NEWS after an information presentation to Parksville council last week.

“Most likely the route will operate Tuesday to Saturday,” he said of the proposed change from it’s current Tuesday only schedule that was established in 2012.

But Pearce was quick to point out that is a preliminary since, “The schedule has not yet been set since we are still in the consultation phase.”

He encouraged interested people to do the Qualicum Beach transit survey and get lots more information online at https://bctransit.com/nanaimo/transit-future, including a 25 year transit plan.

Pearce did say “the times will be very similar to the current route,” which currently leaves Woodgrove Mall in Nanaimo 9:03 a.m. and

3:05 p.m., arrives in Deep Bay about an hour later and leaves at 10:10 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. for the return trip.

For more information on the current and other B.C. Transit routes in the RDN, visit https://bctransit.com/nanaimo or call 250-954-1001.

The expansion is proposed to start in September, 2017.

For people interested in transportation issues in Area H there was a recent open house on the RDN’s “active transit plan,” as part of the ongoing OCP (official community plan) update process for the electoral area.

For more information vitit http://www.area-h-atp.ca/index.html#Recs

Parksville Qualicum Beach News