Williams Lake Council Votes to Direct BC Transit to Amend 3-year Annual Operating Agreement
Mayor of Williams Lake Walt Cobb and Councillors Ivan Bonnell and Craig Smith stand outside of a new BC Transit Vicinity bus that rolled into the City last year. -R Dyok, My Cariboo Now
Williams Lake Council will be directing BC Transit to amend the three-year operating agreement in order to provide expansion in service.
“There is a plan with the Transit anyway that if for some reason whether it be medical or whatever, the Go-Bus isn’t running they can subsidize the taxi fare and we have to share in that cost,” Mayor Walt Cobb said.
“So we’ve upped from the City’s portion $9,000 so that it can expand that because right now the Go-Bus is overbooked and there are lots of times that people can’t get on it to get to an appointment or do whatever they have to do so we’ve put in a little extra money in the budget so that that can be subsidized if you have to get a cab.”
Council also agreed Tuesday evening to direct BC Transit to add one additional trip on each route at the dinner hour, being a full trip on Route 1, and a shortened route on routes 2 and 3.
“From what we can understand it may help some people to be able to get home from work because it will run a little later at night and we’re looking at putting in some extra bus stops,” Cobb said.
“So that’s being looked at, but we haven’t decided where yet.”
Funding toward the installation of additional bus stop shelters without benches is also being requested.
Cobb said as there are parties and other issues under the City’s current shelters that have benches, a Councillor said that she has been to other communities that do not have benches but simply a railing to lean against.
“It’s just another alternative to look at and see what other options are there.”