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Whistle Bend residents petition for better bus service

At least 60 people living in the Whistle Bend subdivision of Whitehorse have signed a petition asking for increased bus city service in their neighbourhood.

'This community is growing so quickly,' says resident of new Whitehorse subdivision

When it's completed, the Whistle Bend subdivision may house up to 8,000 residents, according to the Yukon Government. Victoria Castillo says there are at least 200 people living there currently. (Vic Istchenko/CBC)

At least 60 people living in the Whistle Bend subdivision of Whitehorse have signed a petition asking for increased ciy bus service in their neighbourhood.

Victoria Castillo says since her 72-year-old mother moved in with her, she's become aware how isolated they are Whistle Bend.

"I mean Whistle Bend is a beautiful place and I don't ever feel trapped there, but if you take the bus to town in the morning there's no way to get home because there is no bus back."

Castillo says the existing bus service seems geared to students. 

She's contacted the city about increased service and says she's been told it's adequate for now.

"But I don't know how they decided this because this community is growing so quickly. There's over 200 people living here now and [it's] time to take into consideration there's people there who need services."

Castillo says she has gone door-to-door collecting signatures and expects to collect more before petitioning city council when it next reviews its budget in October.

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