New ‘simplified’ transit route community coming to Whitehorse July 1

The Metropolis of Whitehorse is Changing common bus service with an on-request service in three neighborhoods, including two new transit switch hubs, and growing service at peak instances.

It is all a part of a brand new transit route community that may come into impact July 1.

“We have simplified [the network],” mentioned Jason Bradshaw, town’s transit providers supervisor, on CBC’s Yukon Morning Thursday.

“Plenty of the routes will likely be very, similar to what you see now however what we have finished is type of change, perhaps, the alignment of it.”

Two new switch hubs — on the Canada Video games Heart (CGC) and at Yukon College — will likely be launched to go along with the one at metropolis corridor.

Bradshaw mentioned riders will be capable of switch to different routes at these areas.

He added the brand new routes will likely be accessible on town’s transit app, starting July 1.

On-request service for Lobird, Raven’s Ridge and Kopper King

Three neighborhoods could have their common bus service changed by a brand new on-request service.

To take the bus in these neighborhoods, riders should name or e mail Whitehorse Transit and make an appointment.

“As soon as we choose them up, we take them straight to CGC the place they’ll switch … to get to their closing vacation spot,” mentioned Bradshaw.

He added riders in these neighborhoods will be capable of make reservations for a number of rides, as a substitute of calling each time.

The change is being made partially due to very low ridership in these three neighborhoods, mentioned Bradshaw.

“With Raven’s Ridge and Kopper King, we solely have a handful monthly of rides from these areas,” mentioned Bradshaw. “Lobird is in an identical scenario, however they’re additionally very far exterior of what our core transit providers will likely be.”

He added town will monitor how service is delivered in these neighborhoods for the following three to 6 months and make changes if required.

“If there’s greater demand at sure instances, we’ll present extra providers,” he mentioned.

Elevated service at peak instances

Bradshaw mentioned “nearly each space” will see a rise in journey frequency throughout peak instances.

He gave Whistle Bend for instance, saying there will likely be three buses per hour with two sorts of service within the neighborhood.

One bus will go on to the CGC and the opposite will go downtown.

Bradshaw added there will likely be about 20 new transit stops put in.

“Total, everybody ought to see a rise of their transit providers,” mentioned Bradshaw.

Free transit elevated ridership

The town made transit free for riders on Might 17 till no less than July 1, to encourage residents to take the bus downtown following the closure of Robert Service Manner after a landslide positioned particles on the street.

The street is predicted to reopen in mid-June.

Bradshaw mentioned ridership on transit has elevated by about 18 per cent since then, and 28 per cent in comparison with the identical time final yr.

He mentioned no choice has been made on whether or not transit will proceed to be free after July 1.

Final March, town launched Sunday and vacation bus service.