Expanded BC transit service caters to corridor commutes and late evening forays
In a bid to entice more commuter and late evening riders, BC Transit has extended its service to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Transit System to include more early evening runs, Friday night runs on populated routes, and more weekday runs along “the corridor” between Fruitvale and Rossland (Route 3 and Route 6), and between Trail and Castelgar (Route 9).
The Rossland-Trail corridor will benefit from two additional weekday runs—11 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. uphill, downhill at 11:36 a.m. and 7:11 p.m.—and Friday night uphill runs at 8:10 p.m. and 9:40 p.m, back down the hill at 8:46 p.m. and 10:02 p.m.
Coun. Kathy Wallace has followed the changes at BC Transit closely In her role as Rossland’s director on the board of the regional district (RDKB) and also as chair of the East End Services Committee.
“Our community has long been asking for improvements to transit services and particularly some later service, so we are very pleased that working with our partners at BC Transit and Trail Transit has brought about this very good news,” she said when the new services were announced on Mar. 14.
“Hopefully this encourages people to get on the bus,” she added at the Mar. 26 regular council meeting.
“The changes are a direct result of input we received from our customers,” BC Transit wrote in their news release. “The extension of service hours on routes No. 3, No. 6 and No. 9 will make transit more appealing to commuters. Plus route #9 includes a stop at Chances Casino.”
Manuel Achadinha, president and CEO of BC Transit, said, “BC Transit is committed to listening and meeting the needs of both our ridership and our community partners.”
Complete schedules and maps for Kootenay Boundary routes are available online, or you can call 250-364-0261.