Submitted to the Castlegar News
The City of Nelson, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and BC Transit are offering free rides on Wednesday, April 22, in support of Earth Day. The free rides apply to both conventional and handyDART services.
“The West Kootenay Transit System strives to provide quality transportation to connect and strengthen our communities,” said Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff, who chairs the West Kootenay regional transit committee. “I encourage everyone to come out and try our transit system on Earth Day.”
Sustainability is a core value at BC Transit, and we encourage everyone to walk, cycle and/or choose public transportation to celebrate Earth Day.
“The free rides on Earth Day will be a welcome treat for our current customers and will provide a terrific opportunity for those who are new to transit to experience our sustainable and community-minded mode of transportation,” said BC Transit president and CEO Manuel Achadinha.
A full BC Transit bus can take 40 vehicles off the road. Over the course of a year, the shift from a single occupancy vehicle to public transportation would save 70,000 litres of fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a third. Learn more and test your eco trivia skills at earthday.ca/resources/ecotrivia.
For more information on the West Kootenay transit system, ask your driver for a rider’s guide or consult bctransit.com/west-kootenay.