The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce (CVCC) has created a transit study with plans to develop a comprehensive strategy for a transportation system that will support all residents in the Valley who would like to, or who need to, use public transportation.
“We recognize the limitations of the current BC Transit service in our Valley.” stated Pete Bourke, CVCC executive director, in a press release.“We’ve heard that the current system impedes the ability of residents to access affordable housing options, education, shopping and employment. Additionally, we know that a number of employers are providing shuttle service to address some of the needs of their own workforce which is at best a patch work solution.”
The CVCC has hired former executive director Susan Clovechok as contractor for this project. She says they anticipate this study will gather more detailed data than a recent study undertaken by BC Transit. They have launched two separate surveys as part of the study: one for businesses, and one for individuals. The CVCC hopes the surveys will provide insight into the needs of current and potential transit users, as well as strategies being used by the business community to get employees to and from work. Ms. Clovechok explains the CVCC is aware of multiple business owners in the Valley who subsidize employee transportation or assist in other tangible ways to get employees to and from work. Through this survey, the CVCC hopes to gather detailed information on those businesses in particular, or from other businesses that have been unable to hire or retain employees due to transportation challenges.
“It is clear that the Columbia Valley needs an expanded transportation system and the study will provide the information about what a new system could look like and how it could be funded,” the press release states. “We expect that a new system would either enable an existing transportation business to grow or a new one to emerge.”
The surveys are open until September 16th. To fill one out, visit www.cvchamber.ca.