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Council votes to keep bus route near Sikh temple as it is

A petition from members of a nearby Sikh temple had 280 signatures
The Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Society is concerned about the planned move of the bus stop outside their temple from Davis Road to Ospika Blvd. A letter and petition will be presented to council on Monday, May 27, 2024 in Prince George, Ont.

Transit changes planned for Prince George are being reviewed after concerns were raised.

In the meantime, the 88 Westgate and 89 Hart routes will remain as they are.

It had been proposed that 88 and 89 become 80 Hart/Spruceland, 81 Spruceland/Westgate and 82 Westgate.

The changes would have taken effect in September.

Much of the concern about the potential changes came from members of the Guru Nanak Darbar Temple, who are regular users of the 88 route. It has a stop right outside their building on Davis Road.

BC Transit and the city were considering moving that route to Ospika Boulevard, bypassing Davis Road, meaning a walk for Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Society and other riders.

The society raised that concern in a petition with 280 signatures.

On Wednesday, council discussed the three possible changes to BC Transit bus route transit service pattern for the No. 88 Westgate and No. 89 Hart services and decided that all trips will continue to travel via existing routing or an alternate route via Davis, Foster, and Baker Roads. That option was amended slightly to consider altering the No. 16 route from UNBC to McGill Crescent in College Heights.

That route could be used to serve Davis, Foster and Baker Roads if staff decide to eliminate that leg from the Westgate/Hart routes. In the meantime, the routes in question, council directed staff to work with BC Transit on keeping the existing routes while considering alternatives.