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New Transit Services Increase Student Access to College

Students of Northwest Community College now have increased access to classes at the Terrace campus as a result of two new transit services. The first is the introduction of an evening service that coordinates with last class times at the College. The bus will pick students up from the campus each weeknight at 9:31 pm, with stops through the Upper Bench, South Side, Thornhill and Queensway. One bus will service the entire route, removing the need for passengers to transfer. "Our students have needed an evening bus service for a long time," explains NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth. "Many rely on public transportation to get to class and without an evening bus service night classes were that much harder to access. This additional service opens up more scheduling and class options for students as well as providing students living in our dormitories more access to and from the downtown core." The evening bus service is the result of a four way partnership between BC Transit, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, the City of Terrace, and Northwest Community College. Financing for the additional service comes from the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, the City of Terrace, and Northwest Community College, with each organization covering a third of the cost. "BC Transit delivers public transit services that meet local priorities," said Greg Slocombe, Chair of BC Transit. "The partnership with NWCC, the City of Terrace, and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine helps support the transportation infrastructures to provide easy access to education." "It's been a pleasure working with representatives of the City of Terrace, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and BC Transit to partner in delivering this additional service for both students and residents. Everyone rallied together to find a solution to make this service available," states Diane Ready, Vice-President Finance & Administration at NWCC. The second new transit service to benefit students is the recently announced Terrace-Kitimat Connector. The result of a multi-partner partnership, this new transit service offers three round trips between Kitimat and Terrace and provides transit connections for Northwest Community College students based in Kitimat and attending classes in Terrace. Fares for the Terrace-Kitimat Connector are $3.00 each way. Books of tickets can be purchased at Terrace and Kitimat campuses, as well as Kitamaat, Gitaus, Kitsumkalum Band Office, City of Terrace, the District of Kitimat, and Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine. The Terrace Regional Transit System is a partnership between the City of Terrace, Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, Northwest Community College and BC Transit. The transit system is operated by Coastal Bus Lines Ltd. Route information for both new transit services can be found at www.busonline.ca

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