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Transit service changes in Nelson to include new evening trip to Balfour

The news keeps coming in terms of bus service in Nelson as the provincial deliverer of the service announced more route changes in the city.

BC Transit said service changes to Nelson include a new 10 North Shore run to Balfour. The last trip will now leave downtown Nelson at 8:40 p.m. and arrive at Balfour at 9:25 p.m.

News of the extended service gave Area F director Ron Mickel, who has been pushing for the additions, some satisfaction.

“(It’s an) opportunity to provide improved access to centralized service and employment for our rural populations,” he said.

To achieve efficiency in the overall system, a number of routes within the city have also been adjusted, including:

  • 3 Rosemont – route will continue on Observatory and no longer serve Perrier Road
  • 2 Fairview – route will continue on Gordon and no longer serve Radio Avenue
  • Waldorf run is discontinued

The schedule and route changes will be in effect starting Monday, Nov. 14.

But the work isn’t done, said Mayor John Dooley. A regional transit strategy and how Nelson fits within the overall system is still coming.

“It’s been 20 years since we’ve reviewed transit,” he said. “Council is committed to working with the community, BC Transit and our regional partners to find efficient, long-term solutions that will work for all of us."

Other minor schedule changes can be found on board in the new Rider’s Guide or at www.bctransit.com.

Funding for the Nelson Transit System is cost shared among the City of Nelson, the Regional District of Central Kootenay and BC Transit.

Decisions about fares, routes and service levels are made by the City of Nelson and the Regional District of Central Kootenay.