There will be more opportunity for trips to Cranbrook from Kimberley with the additional 1100 hours per year granted by BC Transit, says Kimberley Manager of Planning Services Tory Pollock. But it would be incorrect to call it a commuter service.
It is, rather, an extension to the Health Bus which already runs to Cranbrook Tuesdays and Thursdays, but with the City and BC Transit footing the cost of the additional days instead of Interior Health.
“It is not really a commuter service,” Pollock said. “It is two additional days of service to the current Health Connection Service.”
Each day will have three trips to Cranbrook. Which exact days will be chosen for the expanded service has not been entirely decided, though it will likely be Wednesday and Friday.
You still have to call and book the bus a day ahead for pickup.
With Kimberley’s senior population having grown 15 per cent from 2006 to 2011, it is expected this increased service will be a benefit.
The bus currently leaves Kimberley at 8:30 am, 11:00 and 2:15 pm and the Tamarack Mall at 10:05, 1:05 and 3:05 pm. If you have mobility difficulties, special handyDART service will be available. All customers must call 250-427-7400 at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee their seat.