Route changes have little impact on ridership

Changes to Salmon Arm’s transit system instituted last December have, so far, had little impact on ridership.

In a presentation to city council Rebecca Newlove, senior planner with BC Transit, reviewed the route changes – including the elimination of the Foothill Loop and the creation of a Shopper Shuttle route servicing the city’s shopping malls – and reported on how the current routes are faring. Overall, system ridership has stayed the same, with a slight decrease of approximately three per cent. But Newlove said this could be attributed to the Salmon Arm- Silver Creek route being removed due to low ridership.

The College-Hillcrest route is currently seeing the highest average number of rides per day, followed by the West Loop and the Shoppers Shuttle. But Newlove said all of the routes are seeing good ridership numbers.

Coun. Debbie Cannon introduced a motion to have staff look at expanding transit service to the industrial park, and to run in the evenings. The motion was defeated, however, with Mayor Nancy Cooper and Couns. Alan Harrison, Denise Reimer and Ken Jamieson preferring to wait until the changes have been in effect a full year.


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