At its Oct. 9 regular meeting, Village of Cache Creek council unanimously passed a resolution to enter into negotiations with the Village of Ashcroft and the local BC Transit committee to rejoin the local BC Transit Service.
This will be welcome news for some Cache Creek residents who want to see the return of bus service so they can have access to shopping, health and pharmaceutical services, the food bank and postal services.
The transit service is managed by the Village of Ashcroft, with the Village of Clinton as a partner.
It’s operated by BC Transit via Yellowhead Community Services.
The bus travels between Clinton, Ashcroft, Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area “I” and Kamloops on Mondays.
Currently, the bus travels from Ashcroft and Clinton to 100 Mile on the first Monday of the month.
At a recent transit meeting, it was suggested this route be changed to the last Monday of the month. The bus doesn’t run on statutory holidays, and the first Mondays of July, August, and September this year were stat holidays, so riders were unable to travel those days.
On Wednesdays and Fridays, the bus goes from Ashcroft to Clinton and back. It is available in Ashcroft to transport people around town, then goes back up to Clinton in the afternoon.
Cache Creek was part of the system until 2013, when it pulled out for a number of reasons.
The food bank is in Ashcroft and is open two Wednesdays a month. The director of the Elizabeth Fry Society, which operates the food bank, says visits from Cache Creek people went down after their community pulled out of the system.
Better at Home has volunteer drivers and now The Equality Project is offering rides, which helps Cache Creek residents get in and out of Ashcroft.
However, it appears some people would prefer having an organized system that operates on a set schedule.
These folks will hope the negotiations go well.