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Business Plan Update 2003-2005

The Regional District of Nanaimo Transportation Services Department carried out an update of the Transit Business Plan in the spring of 2003. This plan, adopted in 1998 has guided the RDN in the development of Regional Transit and HandyDART.

The last update was carried out in 2001 with a review of the progress of the plan to that date along with an update of key markets and factors affecting Transit. Also included as part of the review were a number of service options for consideration including preliminary plans for service on Gabriola Island and the greater Cedar area. The RDN Board adopted the results of that update in the summer of 2001.

This update focused on similar areas but was done under the context of the current BC Transit funding freeze in place until 2005. The following elements formed the core of the update.

Review of the Transit Business Plan Implementation To Date
Implementation of the Transit Business Plan were reviewed. This compared the proposals outlined in the Business Plan with those Transit service improvements and supporting strategies, which have been implemented to date. The conceptual plans forwarded to the Board in 2002 for new service in both Gabriola Island and the greater Cedar area have been be incorporated into the final document.

Transit Outlook 2003-2005
This activity focused on the next two years of service delivery. The review focused on the financial and subsequent service impacts due to the cap in funding.

Update Key Performance Indicators
This review looked at Key Performance Indicator measures for the Regional Transit System. The planned objectives were reviewed and updated as required.

Develop Service Adjustment Scenarios
A listing of specific service adjustments were developed. This list will be used in the event that further service adjustments are required as a result of the BC Transit funding cap. Public input on that list will be important in order to gain the users perspective in relation to any service changes.

Alternate Service Options
The provision of service utilizing alternate service delivery models was discussed in this section. Primarily models that would provide appropriate service at reduced costs were outlined and areas identified where implementation would benefit the community.

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