LETTER: New bus route serves Qualicum Beach waterfront

Re Beach bus lineup forms here (Letters, Sept. 19).

In response to the letter from Les Romanchuk, I would like to encourage all our residents to use public transit.

The Town of Qualicum Beach, the Regional District of Nanaimo and B.C. Transit are excited about the two new transit routes to and from our residential neighbourhoods in our community.

Route 97 and 98 came into service on Sept. 3. Route 98 specifically provides beach access along Highway 19A with a series of stops. These routes are operated with a smaller community bus. These additional services have the potential to contribute to a more vibrant, livable and sustainable community.

The need to realize this potential is increasingly more important due to factors such as climate change and an aging population. This would also be an option for those for whom maintaining a vehicle or the need for a second vehicle is cost prohibitive.

On behalf of council, I would like to encourage more people of all abilities to choose transit as a safe, convenient, cost-effective and environmentally responsible alternative to driving a car. Transit may also help residents to to stay in their homes longer if driving becomes a health and safety concern.

For trip-planning assistance you can call 250-954-1001 or go to bctransit.com/nanaimo/home. Bus passes are also available in Qualicum Beach at the Medicine Shoppe and the Ravensong Pool.

Teunis Westbroek

Mayor, Qualicum Beach

Just Posted

Flights cancelled out of Qualicum Beach Airport

First flight since Wednesday left airport at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8

Corfield Street construction starts in Parksville

Crews will avoid shopping centre disruptions during Christmas

Intersection cleared after two-car accident in downtown Parksville

Incident was at intersection of Highway 19A and Highway 4A

Parksville Qualicum Beach volunteers generate joy and memories

SOS volunteers look back on their time in the Christmas giving program

Public input impacts Parksville park master plan

Residents flock to open house following release of draft document

Site C decision coming Monday morning

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

Police continue to seek missing Qualicum Beach woman

Oceanside RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Carmel Georgina Gilmour

House burns down on outskirts of Nanaimo

Six occupants evacuate safely, but chicks die in fire Sunday

VIDEO: Vancouver Whitecaps acquire star striker Kei Kamara

Kamara has 103 goals and 39 assists in 298 appearances over 11 Major League Soccer seasons

Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps, but valuable health tool: study

UBC researchers found the iPhone underestimated steps by 21.5 per cent

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

UPDATE: Poor ventilation likely cause of carbon monoxide incident at B.C. farm

All 42 patients have been released from hospital, according to Delta Fire

Most Read