In Campbell River, youth use public transit an awful lot to get around.
It’s a common sight to see teenagers hanging around the community centre to get onto the next bus to go somewhere – after school or on weekends.
Though it’s a convenient and cheap way to travel the town if you’re unable to drive due to age or otherwise, sometimes the way busses are run in this town inconveniences students in many way.
Mackenzie Alexandra, a grade 11 student at Carihi, suggests “two different maps on display at the community centre, or even on the website. One for weekend routes, and one for weekday routes. They can get really confusing at times when you’re in a hurry.”
Hayley Ellis, a grade 10 student, thinks there “should be a way to input where you need to get to on the BC Transit website and it will show you the route that gets you closest to your destination.”
She also thinks that certain routes, such as the Quinsam bus (route #16) should run more times per day, and at later times.
Chantelle Flori, a student at Timberline, agrees with Ellis on the fact that busses should run later as well as more often.
According to her, the “bus I take to get from school to home doesn’t line up, and often times I have to wait an hour at the community centre to get onto the next connecting bus.”
Many teenagers believe that the way busses are run sometimes just doesn’t work the way they want them to.
Of course, they feel that busses need to be lined up to suit the schedules of high school students using city busses as their main modes of transport.
These teens and others take issue with how the bus system serves youth.