- ‘There are little things we can do to deal with congestion,’ the mayor states.
- You can leave the car, and the bus fare, at home — Whitehorse city council has voted to create city transit free of cost till at least July 1.
Whitehorse public transit will be free for passengers for the following six weeks as the city looks to boost more people to leave their vehicles at home.
City councilors on Tuesday afternoon voted unanimously in favor of a bylaw modification to waive all transit expenses, Handy Bus included, beginning Wednesday, till at least July 1.
Mayor Laura Cabott has been encouraging Whitehorse citizens to find different ways and times to get into the city’s downtown since an April 30 landslide thwarted one of two main thoroughfares downtown. A section of Robert Service Way is anticipated to stay shut to traffic for another three weeks.
That means commuters to the downtown have been forced to depend on Two Mile Hill, pushing traffic back-ups at busy times.
“The fact of the issue is, there are little things that we can do to deal with congestion,” Cabott stated when the transit bylaw amendment was suggested.
Councilors were keen to get on board with the vision. Nobody urged it was anything but excellent and welcome.
“I think this is a fantastic chance for community members to use the transit,” said Coun. Mellisa Murray.
“To my way of thinking, it doesn’t get better than this,” stated Coun. Kirk Cameron.
A single bus fee right now in Whitehorse is $2.50. City staff evaluates the new initiative will cost the city around $50,000 to $60,000 in lost earnings, to be covered by the city’s resources.
Some councilors want to track ridership to see the difference when transit is free of cost. Coun. Ted Laking advised that a case might be made to carry on past July 1.
Source – cbc.ca