Regional District of Central Kootenay directors are seen in front of the new Nova bus that will serve Nelson-to-Castlegar commuters.

Regional District of Central Kootenay directors are seen in front of the new Nova bus that will serve Nelson-to-Castlegar commuters.

New bus for Nelson-Castlegar route

The RDCK has approved changes to the transit system which will mean improved service for some of the region’s bus riders.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board has approved changes to the transit system which will mean improved service for some of the region’s bus riders.

In consultation with BC Transit, the RDCK has been able to expand the transit fleet to include a 40’ Nova bus for the Nelson/Castlegar transit route. This bus will provide expanded capacity and greater comfort for transit users. An extra run was also added to that route to accommodate commuters. The Nova began service last Monday.

“We hope that by providing expanded service ridership will increase, and the new bus will address the capacity issues that we have been experiencing” said Randy Matheson, transit coordinator at the RDCK.

“This could take more vehicle traffic off of what is a busy corridor. We anticipate that greater transit usage will equate to a reduction in greenhouse gases.”

The RDCK and BC Transit have also initiated a new bus service to the Blewett area which consists of three return trips per day to and from Nelson. The six-month pilot project which started last month will be monitored to determine the service’s usage and viability.

The North Shore/Balfour transit service was also expanded last month with the addition on an extra run which leaves Nelson at 8:40 p.m.

For bus schedules and route information for the Nelson/Castlegar service or the Blewett service, click here or call 1-877-843-2877

For North Shore/Balfour service info, click here or call 250-352-8201.