Commuter, evening bus service arrives

Commuter-friendly and late evening service will be in effect in the Greater Trail region in one week.

Commuter-friendly and late evening service will be in effect in the Greater Trail region in one week.

Even as a province-wide review of transit service prepares to take place, service improvements have already begun in the region, including extending the hours of early evening runs.

As well, Greater Trail will see more trips during the work day along the corridor and introduce Friday late night runs on the most populated routes.

The changes are a direct result of input BC Transit received from the customers in the area, said Manuel Achadinha, president and CEO of BC Transit.

The extension of service hours on Routes three, six and nine will make transit more appealing to commuters. Plus route nine includes a stop at Chances Casino.

“BC Transit is committed to listening and meeting the needs of both our ridership and our community partners,” said Achadinha in a press release.

And the needs were made vocal during the last local review of the service, said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.

“Transit users appreciate being a part of the public process to develop new and expanded service,” he said. “Public input makes for a better system especially those who commute to and from work.”

The community has been asking for improvements to transit services and particularly some later service, aid Kathy Wallace, chair of the East End Services Committee and Rossland city councillor.

“So we are very pleased that working with our partners at BC Transit and Trail Transit has brought about this very good news.”

More information on the Kootenay Regional Transit System can be found at www.bctransit.com.

Change Highlights:

• Extended Monday to Friday evening service on most routes from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• More service hours during the day on corridor routes three, six and nine.

• Friday night runs until 9:30 p.m. on routes three, six and nine.