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New bus stop closer to Fort St. John Hospital

Fort St. John city buses will offer front door delivery to the hospital starting today, thanks to a partnership between the city, BC Transit and Northern Health.
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Representatives from the city, Northern Health, and BC Transit were all on hand Wednesday morning to announce a new bus stop.

Fort St. John city buses will offer front door delivery to the hospital starting today, thanks to a partnership between the city, BC Transit and Northern Health. Where previously passengers were dropped off on 112th Avenue, north of the hospital, and had to trek up to the facility, buses will now come straight up to the loop, depositing riders a few steps outside the main entrance.

“We’ve heard from community that it’s a priority for them to have a bus stop closer to the facility,” said Kathy Peters, director of care for the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa.

“It is something that was recognized several years ago, when first of all we needed bus service to the hospital,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “And then to have the bus stop out on 112th Avenue with no good access for those with strollers, walkers, or wheelchairs getting into the hospital, it was really impacting the ability for accessibility.”

Accessibility was a concern for Lori Slater, who was also on hand for the announcement.

“By having the bus stop right here, where we don’t have to walk – or wheel in my case – across the parking lot, is just going to be so beneficial,” said Slater, who chairs the mayor’s accessibility advisory
committee.                     

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