Tuesday, January 14, 2014
On the Buses
funding for express to Langley
Released by the FVRD
of the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) are getting a new bus
service that will connect residents of Chilliwack and Abbotsford
with Langley and Metro Vancouver. The Fraser Valley Express that is
expected to commence in 2015 will take local residents to Langley's
Carvolth Transit Exchange.
In addition to supporting
local economies, the service will also increase access for citizens
to regional facilities such as University of the Fraser Valley (UFV),
hospitals and law courts. District officials continue to work on
determining final fare structures, schedule development and
potential bus routes.
"I am very pleased to see the City of Abbotsford's leadership
promoting a greener footprint. This service will substantially
reduce the number of cars on the road, which will subsequently
reduce emissions in the Fraser Valley's fragile airshed that is home
to over 300,000 residents and grows nearly half of the province's
food source. The FVRD is also home to the University of the Fraser
Valley with who we have been working to assist in inter-campus
travel. The convenience of this service will enable students to
commute to and from campuses in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission
as well as potentially increase enrollment from pupils in other
nearby Fraser Valley communities," Sharon Gaetz, FVRD Chair, said.
Last fall the FVRD introduced two new higher capacity Vicinity buses
into the Agassiz-Harrison Transit System, which is one of the
province's most successful transit systems.
According to Gaetz, "the FVRD looks forward to working closely with
partners in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley and other stakeholders
to ensure citizens remain the beneficiaries of the Fraser Valley
Express-a service they have been wanting for quite some time."
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