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Residents in Sooke have an opportunity to shape their future transit system with open houses and a new online survey.

BC Transit is holding two in-person feedback sessions in Sooke today, December 5th, and has set up an online survey for those who can’t make it in person to offer their thoughts and opinions on the new Sooke Local Area Transit Plan.

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The first session takes place between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at SEAPARC Leisure Complex, while the second runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at EMCS. During the sessions, residents can offer ideas and perspectives on how to improve service in the area. 

Meanwhile, the online survey offers residents a similar platform, through which they are shown three new local transit routes, a new rural route, and a new regional scale route. 

Participants are then asked for their opinion on all the changes, as well as their opinions on potential transit investments. 

Consultations for these new designs started in October 2018 with open houses for the community and another survey. They continued in February 2019 with two meetings for residents and for transit operators. 

According to BC Transit, the outcome of those past sessions has allowed the company to identify several key needs within the Local Area Transit Plan. 

Those include more local routes connecting to regional routes, interest in an hourly service within Sooke, and late night local service on Fridays and Saturdays.

The process is still far from being completed, and BC Transit estimates full changes will be completed over the next three years. 

Click here to access the survey and leave your thoughts!