REPORTING · 30th April 2014
Representatives of BC Transit were in Kitimat on Tuesday, April 22nd to celebrate 40 years of transit in Kitimat. They celebrated outside City Centre Mall with hot beverages and cookies from the Cookie Jar in Terrace. The buses were free that day.
“We’re here today celebrating 40 years of BC Transit in Kitimat,” said Brian Anderson. “This is one of the oldest systems. It is actually the 6th longest running transit systems under the BC Transit Family Umbrella.”
He expressed people were happy with the service in Kitimat. The busses were steady every 15 minutes. According to Anderson, the ridership has grown by 10% in the past two years.
“We’re very pleased with this system, it’s a long running system,” said Anderson.
Ron Burnett was Acting Mayor when it was time to cut the ribbon on the Transit System in 1974. He was able to confirm this service was one of the few times a tax increase was accepted by the public.
“It’s hard to believe it was 40 years ago,” said Burnett. “At the time, the industrial run was a big part of the service which had a lot of appeal for people particularly getting to work sites in the wintertime and not having to worry about your car or what not. The industrial runs have since been reduced if not abandoned and that had a big impact on people accepting it at the time”