Local Area Transit Plan - South Nanaimo

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Help us develop a Local Area Transit Plan for South Nanaimo! The study area encompasses Routes 5 Fairview, 6 Harewood, 7 Cinnabar/Cedar, and 30 NRGH.

Local Area Transit Plans determine transit service and infrastructure priorities within the Regional District of Nanaimo and help realize The Regional District of Nanaimo’s Transit Future Plan.

Our current transit mode share: 2.6% with a 25 year goal to increase transit mode share to 5%. We hope you will share your thoughts on this project to help us achieve this goal!

How you can be involved, find out more or provide feedback.

Please register (tab at the top of this page). By registering you will be kept up-to-date with progress on the Plan.

The RDN looks forward to your participation.

Help us develop a Local Area Transit Plan for South Nanaimo! The study area encompasses Routes 5 Fairview, 6 Harewood, 7 Cinnabar/Cedar, and 30 NRGH.

Local Area Transit Plans determine transit service and infrastructure priorities within the Regional District of Nanaimo and help realize The Regional District of Nanaimo’s Transit Future Plan.

Our current transit mode share: 2.6% with a 25 year goal to increase transit mode share to 5%. We hope you will share your thoughts on this project to help us achieve this goal!

How you can be involved, find out more or provide feedback.

Please register (tab at the top of this page). By registering you will be kept up-to-date with progress on the Plan.

The RDN looks forward to your participation.

  • We heard you and here are the changes!

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    18 December, 2019


    The Regional District of Nanaimo’s Board of Directors approved a transit service
    expansion plan based on recommendations from the South Nanaimo Local Area Transit Plan, which will be rolled out in January 2020 to address ridership growth.
    The expansion involves the addition of 5,900 annual conventional transit hours involving the creation of two new routes, the adjustment of three existing routes and an increase in holiday coverage to
    include Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.

    The service expansion will include the implementation of two new routes:
    • 8 Cedar/VIU: Connecting the community of Cedar to Vancouver Island University
    • 78 YCD Airport via Cassidy/Downtown: Connecting Nanaimo to the communities of Cassidy, South Wellington and the Nanaimo Airport
    Other service changes include:
    • 7 Cinnabar/Downtown: Which will no longer service the Cedar area and will now travel directly between Cinnabar and Downtown, connecting to the number 8 Cedar/VIU at South Parkway Plaza, reducing trip times by up to 40 minutes
    • 30 NRGH to Woodgrove/Downtown: Will see route adjustments to match service with demand
    • Sunday-level service will also be added level service on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday
  • YOU TALKED, WE LISTENED!!

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    02 April, 2019

    We went through your feedback for the South Nanaimo Local Area Transit Plan (SNLATP), and we're busy incorporating your feedback into a comprehensive implementation plan! To read the full report, including specifics about route re-alignments, visit the background documents for the Spring 2019 Update.

    In November and December of 2018, a second public engagement process, including open houses and an online survey, to gather feedback about proposed route re-alignments and service frequencies. Approximately 550 people participated in the engagement process, with feedback from this process summarized, for each route, in the full report. As well, an extensive media campaign was conducted including website customer alerts, Facebook, Twitter, Rack Cards, Interior Bus Cards, and radio announcements.

    GENERAL PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT FEEDBACK

    These comments are open-ended feedback from both the survey and public engagement
    sessions and represent those service improvement responses that were the most frequent and
    are in no particular order:
     Increased weekend service;
     Increased frequency;
     Longer span of service on weekdays across all routes (5am to 1pm);
     Service to Duke Point.;
     Service to Nanaimo Airport;
     Make it clear in which direction the bus is going;
     Need for Inter-Regional service;
     Riders Guide should have colour route maps.

    Click here to see the full report for details regarding public feedback.

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  • We want to hear from you!!

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    02 April, 2019
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    The South Nanaimo Local Area Transit Plan is in the final phase of public consultation and we’d like to hear from you regarding the proposed changes. The study area encompasses South Nanaimo, Cedar, Cassidy, and Cinnabar/Extension, which includes routes 5, 6, 7, 15, 30, 40 and the addition of two new routes.

    Your feedback will help establish a blueprint for how transit resources could be used over the next seven years. New route alignments are proposed to meet customer needs and ridership demand. The plan will identify an implementation plan and timeline for transit service improvements, including the proposed routes.

    Let us know what you think by completing the survey.

    Individuals who are under the age of 19 must have permission from their parents or guardians to complete this survey. Collection and use of the information requested for this survey is for the sole purposes of enhancing transit services and is compliant with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.For more information, please contact BC Transit’s Privacy Officer at FOI_Request@BCTransit.com or phone 1-844-482-6161.

  • What We Heard

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    11 June, 2018

    Thank you to those that attended an engagement session or completed our survey! You can view what we heard here and check out a map of future network connections here. Be sure to register on this page to find out about our next phase of engagement coming up this summer.

  • South Nanaimo Local Area Service Plan

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    19 February, 2018
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    Come and tell us your thoughts!

    This February we will host three public consultations and conduct an online survey about improvements and priorities for the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit System.

    Please Join Us!

    BC Transit and the Regional District of Nanaimo staff will be available for discussions at these times and locations.


  • South Nanaimo Local Area Service Plan

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    02 November, 2018
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    South Nanaimo Local Area Transit Plan - Survey

    Let us know what you think by completing the survey.

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    Individuals who are under the age of 19 must have permission from their parents or guardians to complete this survey. Collection and use of the information requested for this survey is for the sole purposes of enhancing transit services and is compliant with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.For more information, please contact BC Transit’s Privacy Officer at FOI_Request@BCTransit.com or phone 1-844-482-6161.