Grande Prairie City hall is looking at a new Transit Master Plan for Grande Prairie.
It would cover the next 10 years.
Transit Manager Jason Henry says they want to improve service.
“We’re looking at increasing our service hours, running them longer, having more service hours on the weekends. As far as route service, we’re looking at having two-way running routes. Right now, we have big, circuitous routes that only run in one direction, so you if you’re wanting to get around, you pretty much have to ride the entire route just to get to the end and then to get back home.”
He adds the plan also includes having new buses, a new transit hub on the west side and re-locating the hub downtown.
“We have several locations (in mind) for a downtown terminal. The current terminal is inadequate for our needs operationally, it’s inadequate for our customer’s needs, it’s difficult to get from one bus to the other.”
There would also be increases in fares.
‘With any big service increase, it’s appropriate and justified to couple that with a fare increase. We haven’t gotten into the nitty-gritty details of that, but that’ll come along with the Year 1 improvements and Year 1, at this point, we’re looking at 2019.”
Council has to approve the plan before it can go into effect.
Transit will also unveil what it calls its Vicinity bus at an afternoon news conference at City Hall.