You could call it a wish list.
Williams Lake city council, after reviewing BC Transit services with the community, is putting in several requests to improve public transit.
Council’s requests, brought forward by the General Governance Committee and approved at Tuesday’s regular council meeting, include bringing in a 30-foot light duty bus for delivery in 2018, and inquiring about the cost of three new buses.
The city will also apply to the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund about providing the public with access to iNextBus, a mobile app that lets riders know the schedule.
“Hopefully than can come sooner than 2018,” Coun. Ivan Bonnell said of the iNextBus software.
Council will also support an application by BC Transit to expand service frequency along Route 1 — the main community bus — and HandyDART services.
“As my spouse uses the HandyDart very often, we know they are booked solidly and sometimes you cannot get on it for days,” Mayor Walt Cobb said. “With no wheelchair accessible taxi, it would be good to have an extra HandyDart, although we still have to extend the hours.”
Staff will also be asked to investigate and report back to General Governance Committee about advertising on buses and the potential for revenue.
Council will also support BC Transit’s proposed standardized lease fees.
“Council as a whole recognizes as a whole the increase in support for more service,” Coun. Scott Nelson said. “I support the significant upgrades. By utilizing slightly smaller buses it would actually decrease our overall costs.”
Coun. Laurie Walters said Williams Lake still has one of the lowest fare rates in the province.
“We want to keep those rates down,” Walters said.