BC Transit is inviting local ridership to have their say about potential service tweaks to public transit in the West Kootenay.
An online survey, open now and until Dec. 6, asks for feedback on proposed transit improvement options for the regional network, focusing on the area from Castlegar northwards.
For those who would rather talk to BC Transit representatives face-to-face, there will be an opportunity in Trail on Friday, Nov. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the red floor room of the Trail Memorial Centre.
“We’ve got people, for example, in Tadanac that are looking at why the bus service was stopped in Tadanac, and is it possible to renew it,” says Trail Coun. Robert Cacchioni, a transit committee member.
“So this is the opportunity for people who want to have additional or better service, to tell BC Transit.”
Proposed options that are currently on the table were developed from the previous transit plan, extensive stakeholder conversations, and current ridership conditions, BC Transit says.
“We want your help to prioritize the various options which then will help us shape the new West Kootenay Transit Plan.”
Since 2013, transit ridership in the West Kootenay has risen by 30 per cent. The regional system now carries over 460,000 passengers per year.
The Nelson-Trail Inter-regional route via Playmor and Castlegar, called the 99 Kootenay Connector, offers eight round trips between Nelson and Castlegar on weekdays and three round trips between Nelson and Castlegar on Saturdays.
Another popular route, the 98 Columbia Connector, offers seven round trips between Castlegar and Trail on weekdays and three round trips between Castlegar and Trail on Saturdays.
BC Transit is looking for feedback on the possibility of increasing bus size, changing times, adding another trip each day or combining both connectors to 11 trips per weekday, and introducing round trips on Sunday.
To complete the online survey, visit BC Transit’s website, BCTransit.com and click the “Have your say …” link.