At the public works committee today there was a presentation on the draft Transit Master plan. I wasn't at the meeting but I received the plan ahead of time in my council mail box.
The plan has taken some time but the end result is very encouraging - it lays out a great plan for improving our transit system over the next few years. In particular three of the biggest problems with the current system (operating hours, frequency and coverage) will be addressed in the new plan:
• Operational hours will be extended to 6:20am to 10:00pm M-F, 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturdays and 10:30am to 5:00pm Sundays.
• Service frequency will now be 40 minutes on all routes and every 20 minutes on selected routes during peak times.
• New routes will be established to connect to pretty much all subdivisions of the city. (see the rout map below).
There also a lot more in the plan; a downtown transit terminal, standards for bus stops and the possibility of linking up with the school system to replace the yellow busses for high school students. (The document is about 100 pages long) as soon as it's up on the city's website I'll post a link to it here - or in the mean time if you're interested email me and I'll send you the pdf.
So this is great progress but there is still some work to do as each of the recommendations / ideas in the plan require resources and that means money.
UPDATE: You can download the new transit route guide here (It's 3MB .pdf)