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Downtown bus resumes this summer

The Parksville Downtown Business Association’s free bus, as it looked last year. - Steven Heywood photo
The Parksville Downtown Business Association’s free bus, as it looked last year.
— image credit: Steven Heywood photo

The free downtown bus is back this summer.

By popular demand, the Parksville Downtown Business Association — with assistance from the municipality — is bringing back its bus service this summer for a second run.

The bus, which is a free service provided to locals and tourists alike, will run throughout the downtown core, beach front at The Beach Club and through the resort area of the city.

Vickie Swan, PDBA executive director, says thanks to the success of the bus last summer, and from feedback from riders and local business owners, there will be a few changes.

“We did a survey of the bus riders and the businesses and most said it was positive,” Swan said.

Over and above a new bus, there will be two drivers and the bus will run six days a week (idle on Sundays).

The route has changed as well. Over a one-hour period, the bus will starts from the Parksville visitor information centre and museum grounds, carry passengers  from the motel and resort areas of town, through Rathtrevor Provincial Park and then to The Beach Club where people can access the waterfront.

The bus continues up through the city, into Stanford Place, through the downtown and back to the start.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, the bus begins the route at 10:30 a.m. with its last run at 6:25 p.m.

On Tuesdays, it runs from 1:30 p.m. to 9:25 p.m. — to accommodate the Summer by the Sea street markets on Craig Street.

Swan said the bus service begins this season on Monday, June 27. It will go until Saturday., Sept. 3.

There will be no bus service on July 1 — Canada Day — due to the parade. Swan said, however, the bus will provide a shuttle service.

For route details, visit www.parksvilledowntown.ca or call the bus information line at 1-866-986-3466.

 

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