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Community Bus Proposal

Proposed Service Changes in Parksville / Qualicum Beach for 2004

Community Bus Proposal

Present transit service within Parksville and Qualicum Beach operates two full size conventional buses every 60 minutes connecting at Downtown Parksville with the Woodgrove Mall Connector every second trip. One mini-bus provides handyDART service within the region.

2003 Busplan Parksville Map

To achieve service efficiencies, improve productivity and meet overall transportation needs of Parksville and Qualicum Beach it is proposed that the present conventional and handyDART services be blended together. Conventional connector service would continue to operate between Woodgrove Centre and Wembley Mall. Highlights of the proposed service include:

Client Market Impact

As outlined above, the present four commuter trips will remain unchanged. These trips will continue to use big buses with no transfers required. Conventional passengers during midday will now have a fixed route schedule provided by a smaller neighbourhood friendly bus. Service will be every 90 minutes making time connections at Wembley Mall with the Woodgrove Connector. Conventional mid-day passengers will also experience diversions off route to accommodate handyDART clients.

Clients currently using handyDART in Parksville and Qualicum Beach will see the greatest change. Trips and schedules may require adjustment, however, the new "Community Bus" style of service will provide more travel options to most clients.

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