Kamloops residents will have more opportunities to hop on board the bus, courtesy an expansion in transit hours that will take effect beginning in September.
Fare changes will also occur at that time, one of which was controversial at the time of its announcement. Effective Sept. 1, the City of Kamloops and BC Transit are expanding the city’s transit by 3,000 hours. The hours will be added to existing routes to improve reliability, especially in the Thompson Rivers University area.
The expansion includes:
• improvements to route 1 Tranquille, route 7 Aberdeen and route 9 Gleneagles;
• increased weekend peak-hour service frequency on routes 7 Aberdeen and 9 Gleneagles;
• service hour extension on routes 1 Tranquille, 7 Aberdeen and 17 Dallas
• and route 10 North Shore TRU Express improvements.
In addition, changes will also affect to transit rates, including the elimination of transfers that allow riders to take two consecutive buses and arrive at a final destination without having to pay for two buses.
BC Transit has said transfers provide conflict for drivers. In place of transfers, a DayPASS will be available for $4 on board the bus or with two bus tickets.
Student and senior tickets will increase by $2.50 to $18, but monthly passes will decrease. Adult monthly passes are going down by $3 to $50, while student and seniors will pay $4 less per month at $30.
HandyDart rates will not change. For more information, go online to bctransit.com or pick up a new copy of the Rider’s Guide.