There’s exciting news for public transit users in Whitehorse: buses are going to run later, much later. 10 pm on weekdays, to be exact. That’s a big difference for Yukoners taking night courses at the college, or trying to get home from work after 7 pm. BYTE is congratulating the City of Whitehorse for listening to Yukoners and taking the first steps to making change happen. In our Whitehorse Youth Want Campaign we heard loud and clear that youth want a better public transit system: later buses, student rates, more routes and Sunday service. Public transit and affordable housing were by far the two issues youth were concerned about in our fall campaign.
The City is planning to keep buses on the streets until 10pm on Monday, and offer more service on Saturday, too. Sunday service, unfortunately, is still on the back burner. The City will spend an extra $191,000 in the first year of operation. More buses, more drivers? Everything is still up in the air. The new service —if all goes as planned — won’t start until mid-August.The news came in the proposed 2013 operating budget earlier this week. Council still has to pass the second and third reading of the budget on March 25th before plans are solidified. Want to have your say? Join the City of Whitehorse for a public input session March 11, 7:30 pm at city hall.
Again, a big congratulations to the City of Whitehorse for taking the steps to making our city a greener, safer, more inclusive and more progressive place.