To meet the needs of its growing campus community, particularly for those who ride CBRM Transit, Cape Breton University is investing in its on-campus transit infrastructure. Starting September 30, construction to the on-campus bus shelter will begin, resulting in expanded coverage and additional seating for riders waiting for transit services.
“Since September 2018, we’ve seen a significant increase in student ridership. By working closely with CBRM Transit, many improvements to bus services have been made in the last year. Our partnership with CBRM Transit is strong and their response to improve service has been exceptional. Our investment in the on-campus bus shelter will further enhance the experience for riders on our campus. Now, increased provincial investment in local transit is required, so the CBRM can provide an even better transit service to students and our community,” says David C. Dingwall, President & Vice-Chancellor, Cape Breton University.
During construction, bus stop locations will be relocated to the roadway in front of the Student, Culture and Heritage Centre. During this time, this roadway will be designated for bus traffic only. All other traffic will be rerouted through the parking lot or through University Boulevard.
Over the last year, CBU has worked in partnership with transit officials with a goal of improving transit service. CBU, as a university, took the unprecedented step of assisting CBRM transit purchase four buses. This, combined with CBU’s continued subsidy of Sunday transit service and the construction of a new transit shelter on the campus will bring CBU’s financial support of transit service to approximately $1.2 million over the last year.
“It’s important that we provide a quality experience for our students both on campus and in our community. We’re making investments on campus. Our elected officials should be investing in the opportunities off campus,” says President Dingwall.
The new bus shelter will be completed for the start of winter semester.