Buses were full Monday for the first day of operation of the new Fraser Valley Express (FVX) bus, according to the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD).
Although dignitaries rode the bus last week on its official launch, Monday was the first day for public passengers on the route, which connects Abbotsford and Chilliwack with Langley and the TransLink system. With rides free for the first day, FVRD communications manager Jennifer Kinneman said many locals tried out the service.
Exact numbers were not available, but staff estimated that “a couple hundred riders” used the new route, Kinneman said.
“It was so great to see so many people on the FVX and using transit to travel between Chilliwack and Abbotsford,” said Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz, who is chair of the FVRD. “It was a very positive start to what we hope will be a very popular service, enabling residents to travel in an economical and environmentally friendly way.”
The bus runs ever half hour before 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m., and every 90 minutes during the middle of the day and makes two stops in Abbotsford – at the McCallum Park & Ride and at HighStreet. It connects with TransLink’s Carvolth Exchange in Langley.
Individual fares are $5, with children aged eight and under free.