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Public Transit Pressure Prompts Selkirk College Student Shuttle

Bob Hall
By Bob Hall
October 28th, 2019

Due to overcrowding on public transportation between Nelson and Castlegar, Selkirk College is now offering a free shuttle bus to students.

BC Transit buses traveling during peak class times on Mondays and Wednesdays have been packed to the point of no longer being able to pick up passengers along the regular Highway 3A route. This means students and the public have been left stranded at the side of the road not able to reach their destination.

“The College had to find an immediate solution. The student shuttle will hopefully alleviate some of the pressure on the transit system and allow our students and all riders to arrive safely at their destination,” says John Kincaid, Vice-President of Students and Advancement. “BC Transit, the municipalities and the College all share that common goal.”

On Mondays and Wednesdays, a shuttle for students is departing from Tenth Street Student Housing in Nelson at 6:25 a.m. arriving at the Castlegar Campus by 7:45 a.m.

Two additional shuttle runs are travelling back to Nelson departing Castlegar at 12 noon and arriving in Tenth Street Student Housing at 1:35 p.m. The second bus will depart from Castlegar at 4:05 p.m. and arrive in Nelson at 5:25 p.m.

BC Transit currently runs four busses from Nelson to Castlegar along Route 99: Kootenay Connector arriving before noon with four busses returning students home in the afternoon.

The shuttle began running on October 23. A temporary solution, it will operate until the end of the first semester on December 18, 2019 when the service will be reviewed.

“The College will continue to work closely with our local municipalities and B.C. Transit to find an effective long term solution,” says Kincaid.

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To address the overcrowding challenge that students are facing with BC Transit, Selkirk College is now offering a free shuttle between our Nelson Tenth Street Campus to the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus as a temporary solution

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