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Free transit in the West Kootenays on July 2

Official launch of new regional service and fare structures

Mark Tuesday, July 2 on your calendar if you’re interested in checking out the West Kootenays by transit, because on that day the bus services will be free for all riders.

The date is the official launch of a new, integrated approach to the transit system with a single Rider’s Guide that covers the region from Nakusp to Rossland and from Kaslo to Fruitvale.

A press release from BC Transit states they believe customers will have enhanced connections and a simple fare structure for either local or all zone service. Local cash rides will be $2. All zones cash fares will be $3.50. The previous fragmented service meant some trips required complicated and varying top-up fares.

“Creating a regional transit system will encourage ridership, save money and make it easier for commuters and families to travel between communities,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “This new system demonstrates BC Transit’s commitment to working with local governments to develop a sustainable regional transit system.”

“Free BC Transit rides on July 2, 2013 are a great opportunity for people to experience everything public transit has to offer in our area,” said West Kootenay Transit Committee Chair and Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff. “I encourage all residents to take advantage of this opportunity to explore the new transit system in the region.”

For more information on the West Kootenay Transit System, ask a driver for a Rider’s Guide or visit


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