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What has been accomplished?

Transit Business Plan Update 2003-2005

What Has Been Accomplished Since The Business Plan Was Approved?

Implementation in 1998/99

Implementation in 1999/2000:
These changes were implemented in July 1999: Implementation in 2000/01 Implementation in 2002/03 Most of the immediate service enhancements outlined in the Transit Business Plan were implemented in 1998/99. However, as outlined in the table below, implementation of the medium range service enhancements has been more limited.

Service Description Implementation to date
Improved service to Harewood & MUC Some adjustments to Bowen Rd. route to improve MUC service. Improved Harewood service not implemented.
Holiday service Not implemented.
Improved Hammond Bay /Departure Bay service Not implemented.
Early AM service Not implemented.
Town centre express service Harbour City Express introduced in 2001.
Improved service coverage Has been studied in Gabriola Island, Cedar/Cassidy but not implemented.
Schedule maintenance Some schedule maintenance introduced in 2001.
Increased Parksville to Qualicum Beach service Implemented in 1998.
Increased Woodgrove to Parksville service (hourly) Some additional Woodgrove trips, including express trips, introduced in 2000, but frequency is roughly every 2 hours.

Busplan Conventional
The annual conventional transit service hours for the Nanaimo Regional Transit System increased from 88,434 in 1998/99 to 96,858 in 2002/03. This represents a 9.5% increase versus the 35% increase originally proposed in the Transit Business Plan. Over the same period, ridership has increased 40% to 2.2 million rides.
Busplan Custom
The annual custom transit service hours for the Nanaimo Regional Transit System increased from 19,751 in 1998/99 to 20,733 in 2002/03, a 5% increase. The Transit Business Plan had proposed a 34% increase in service over the same period. Custom transit ridership increased by just under 12% during this period.
UPDATE OF KEY TRANSIT MARKET INFORMATION There have been some significant changes to the transit market in Nanaimo since the Transit Business Plan was originally developed, including a general slowing of population growth in the region, and an increase in the student share of transit ridership.

Two week passenger counts
Two week passenger counts are taken once or twice each year in Nanaimo. Some of the key trends from recent passenger counts include the following:

Public Opinion Survey (April 2000)
A public opinion survey of both transit users and non-users in the Nanaimo Region was undertaken in April 2000. Some of the key results include the following: Population trends: The Transit Business Plan was based on gradually moderating population growth in the RDN, decreasing from a 20% increase between 1991 and 1996 to a 14% increase between 1996 and 2001. In fact, population growth in the region (and in the province as a whole) slowed much more abruptly than what was forecast. The RDN's population increased by only 4.3% between 1996 and 2001 rather than the 14% that was forecast. Relative growth for different age groups have followed a similar pattern to what was originally forecast - with the 75+ group growing the fastest - but overall rates of growth have been slower. The share of the population aged 75 and over increased from 5.8% in 1996 to 7.7% in 2001.

In the short term, this slowdown in population growth will not have a major impact on transit use. Much of the forecast growth in transit ridership was based on increasing the market penetration for transit and encouraging commuters who currently travel by automobile to take the bus. If this slow rate of population growth continues over the longer term, however, it will begin to impact on the demand for transit.

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