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Transit Master Plan Project Begins
WHITEHORSE – Whitehorse Transit recently kicked off a project to make its services more effective and efficient. The outcome of the project will be a seven-year “blueprint” for Whitehorse Transit on how it evolves to deliver services to serve our growing community better. Stantec Consulting, an Edmonton-based engineering firm that has assisted dozens of Canadian transit agencies including Translink, BC Transit and the TTC, will assist Whitehorse Transit Staff on the project.
According to Cheri Malo, Whitehorse Transit Manager, the Transit Master Plan Project will use a consultative approach that engages riders, frontline employees and the community; "As Whitehorse changes we want to ensure that our transit system responds to better serve our riders and the community. We will be looking closely at the increasing role technology will play in helping move more people around our community in the future.”
The Transit Master Plan Project will utilize an innovative planning process to identify improvements to the existing transit service as well as new services according to Stantec's Sasha Pejcic, Transit Advisory Lead. "The project's focus will be to devise a strategy that pivots Whitehorse Transit to become a future mobility-provider. We will be looking at the role active transportation, microtransit and other integrated mobility options can play in the mix.”
The City’s consultant will engage the Whitehorse community from October 17th to 19th with one-on-one meetings with major employers, social service agencies, Yukon College, and community leaders. The project team will also be on the streets of Whitehorse aboard buses and at major points of attraction within the city speaking to citizens.
Whitehorse Transit and Stantec encourage both riders and non-riders to complete a survey that runs from October 17th until November 10th. That survey can be accessed at http://wilderness.city/transit
The Whitehorse Transit Master Plan Project is scheduled over a six-month period with interim recommendations to be made by February 2018 and a final presentation to the Whitehorse Council in March 2018.
Further information about Whitehorse Transit can be found at:
Manager of Transit, City of Whitehorse
About Whitehorse Transit
Whitehorse Transit provides an expansive public transit network for people living in the urban and rural areas of the City of Whitehorse. Whitehorse Transit carried nearly 560,000 passengers in 2015, and operates six fixed routes operating on a loop-based system, with five all-day service routes, and one route operating exclusively to support peak-hour demand. Whitehorse Transit also offers a transfer zone along 2nd avenue between five of its routes, and services major destinations in the City including Yukon College, the Canada Games Centre, and the local hospital. A fleet of 12 low-floor accessible buses make public transit a feasible travel option for many.