“Calgary Connector” brings bus service connecting Invermere and Calgary

The bus used for the new transit service will be able to carry 16 passengers with three wheelchair accessible spots.

The Calgary Connector bus.

The Calgary Connector bus service will begin August 2nd. — Photo courtesy Columbia Valley Transit file photo

"That was May of 2016 and here we are, the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre (CVCC) is the bus stop for the Calgary connector being operated by Olympus Stage Lines," said Susan Clovechok, Executive Director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, in a local Summit FM radio interview.

The new transit service is scheduled to leave the CVCC in Invermere around 9:00 am, stop in Canmore for a short break and then arrive in Calgary at North Hill Centre. Around 3:45 pm the bus will then depart Calgary and return to Invermere around 7:30 pm that same night.

"We want to make sure it's successful, we want to build the ridership," added Clovechok. "Initially it's going to be every other week Wednesdays and Thursdays starting on August 2nd."

Being operated in partnership with a for-profit business, seniors 65 and over will pay $120 return plus GST to make the trip to Calgary while the regular fare will be $160 return plus GST.

Partnering with Olympus Stage Lines, the two parties will jointly offer the service to residents in the Columbia Valley with Clovechok noting they will use advertising and marketing opportunities on the bus to cover any additional costs, Susan furthered explained.

The bus used for the new transit service will be able to carry 16 passengers with three wheel chair accessible spots.

Need more info: www.cvtransit.ca

Source: CVCC and Summit FM

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