Weekend service, extended hours, more coverage in Pineview and more; on the wish list from Fort Transit users to the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
The Fort Transit public meeting took place Thursday, November 23 and had roughly 50 people attend.
“I think the evening went really well. We had a really good turnout,” said Anthony Dionigi, the city’s transit supervisor. “Everyone was in good spirits, they just wanted to be heard.”
While the main focus was on commuter route 580 into Edmonton, users expressed the need for extended service midday after 7:30 a.m. and before 1:30 p.m. People also wanted more service on evenings and weekends.
“There was certainly some concerns for those having to take three systems, the local transit, the commuter transit and the LRT, to have better connections between the three services,” noted Dionigi.
Fort Saskatchewan resident Dean Johnston wants more connection times.
“Ultimately, I want to see more riders on the bus, for it to succeed,” he said.
Jarrick Devost was pleased a public meeting was held and rider feedback was heard.
“I really like the bus system. I’ve used it and for the most part, I’ve never seen any issues and I love the app,” said Devost. “But then of course, like a lot of people mentioned there’s improvements we can have, like later buses, weekend buses and having our own commuter bus.”
Fort resident, Audrey Yurkoski thinks there is a lot of work to do yet surrounding the local system.
“Our concern is, we live in Fort Lions Haven and we’d like to get a bus stop closer than what we have, this isn’t the safest town to walk in, in the dark,” said Yurkoski.
Dionigi said they would consolidate all data and see where the majority of complaints or feedback pertains.
“There’s definitely some feedback we got that are sort of quick wins, that we could implement now,” he noted. “Things to do with scheduling changes and that, we will have to definitely study a bit further.”
He encourages those who could not attend the meeting to still reach out to the city’s Public Works department and provide feedback.