West Kootenay Transit System

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West Kootenay Transit System serves the regional district of Central Kootenay, including the communities of Argenta, Balfour, Castlegar, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Kaslo, Montrose, Nakusp, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan City, and Trail.

Conventional service in Nelson is operated by the City of Nelson. Conventional service in Trail and Castlegar is operated by Trail Transit Services. Community Bus and handyDART services are operated by Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services.[1][2] Funding is provided by the Regional District of Central Kootenay and the Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary. Planning and administration support is provided by BC Transit.

History

West Kootenay Transit System was formed on July 1, 2015 after the merging of Nelson Transit System, Castlegar Regional Transit System, and Kootenay-Boundary Transit System (Trail). As the conventional systems already connected at Selkirk College in Castlegar, the regional districts decided one merged system would have benefits in centralizing information for riders and harmonizing fares.

Routes

  • Nelson and Area:
    • 1 Uphill
    • 2 Fairview
    • 3 Rosemont
    • 4 Nelson Airport
    • 10 North Shore
    • 14 Blewett
    • 15 Perrier
    • 99 Kootenay Connector
  • Slocan and Area:
    • 20 Slocan Valley
  • Castlegar and Area:
    • 31 North Castlegar
    • 32 Columbia
    • 33 Selkirk
    • 34 Kinnaird
    • 36 Ootischenia
    • 38 Playmor
  • Trail and Area:
    • 41 Binns
    • 42 Columbia Heights
    • 43 Glenmerry/Fruitvale
    • 44 Sunningdale/Hospital
    • 45 Teck
    • 46 Rossland
    • 48 Red Mountain
    • 98 Columbia Connector
  • Nakusp and Kaslo Paratransit:
    • 51 Nakusp - Hot Springs
    • 52 Slocan - Nakusp via Silverton
    • 53 Edgewood - Nakusp
    • 57 Kaslo Local
    • 58 Argenta - Kaslo
  • Health Connections:
    • 72 Salmo - Nelson
    • 74 Nakusp - Nelson
    • 76 Kaslo - Nelson

Active roster

Nelson Conventional

  • Operates most trips on routes 1-10 and 99.
Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
3003-3004 Nelson Transit System 3003-a.jpg 2013 Grande West Vicinity 27.5' Cummins ISB6.7 ZF 6AP1002B
9348-9349, 9352-9353 Nelson Transit System 9352-a.jpg 2009 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISL Voith D864.5

Kootenay Lake West Community Bus/HandyDART

  • Operates routes 14-15, 20, 51-58, and 72-76, and some trips on routes 1, 4, 10, and 99.
Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2317 2012 Chevrolet/Arboc 4500/SOM28D GMC Duramax 6.6L
2466, 2468-2469, 2527 West Kootenay Transit System 2466-a.jpg 2014 Chevrolet/Arboc 4500/SOM28D GMC Duramax 6.6L
2565, 2574 West Kootenay Transit System 2565-a.jpg 2015 Chevrolet/Arboc 4500/SOM28D GMC Duramax 6.6L
3017-3019 BC Transit 3019-a.jpg 2015 International/ElDorado 3200/Aero Elite Navistar MaxxForce 7 Allison 2100 PTS
3025-3026 BC Transit 3025-a.jpg 2018 International/ElDorado 3200/Aero Elite Navistar MaxxForce 7 Allison 2100 PTS

Trail and Castlegar

Conventional

  • Operates all trips on routes 31-38, 41-48, and 98.
Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
4039-4040 2017 Grande West Vicinity 30' Cummins B6.7 Voith D864.6
4415-4420 West Kootenay Transit System 4416-a.jpg 2017 Grande West Vicinity 35' Cummins B6.7 Voith D864.6
4451-4455 West Kootenay Transit System 4451-a.jpg 2018 Grande West Vicinity 35' Cummins B6.7 Voith D864.6

HandyDART

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2340-2341 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter MiniBus
  • Allocated to Trail.
2569-2570 BC Transit 2569-a.jpg 2015 Chevrolet/Arboc 4500/SOM28D GMC Duramax 6.6L
  • Allocated to Castlegar.

Transferred/retired roster

Nelson Conventional

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
6058 1963 GMDD TDH-4519 New Look Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH
  • Original to Victoria as 751.
  • Noted as active in Nelson fleet on March 1991 BCT fleet roster.
6201-6203 1972 GMDD T6H-4523N New Look Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
  • Original to Victoria as 787-789.
  • Assigned to Nelson after a garage fire in 1975.
6215, 6222-6224 1976 GMDD T6H-4523N New Look Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH9
6726, 6729 Nelson Transit System 6729-a.jpg 1991 OBI Orion I 01.507 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863.3
6711, 6713-6714, 6716 Nelson Transit System 6716-a.jpg 1992 OBI Orion I 01.507 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863.3
6757, 6765 1980 OBI Orion I 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
6785 1989 OBI Orion I 01.507 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
9344, 9346 BC Transit 9344 a.jpg 2009 Nova Bus LFS 40102 Cummins ISL Voith D864.5

Kootenay Lake West Community Bus/HandyDART

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
B027 2005 Ford/CBB E-450/Polar III
2070 Nelson Transit System 2070-a.jpg 2006 Ford/CBB E-450/Polar III
2117 2007 Ford/CBB E-450/Polar III
2131, 2152, 2155, 2156 Nelson Transit System 2131-a.jpg 2008 Ford/CBB E-450/Polar III
2180, 2194 2009 Ford/CBB E-450/Polar III
2368 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter MiniBus
2585 2015 Chevrolet/Arboc 4500/SOM28D GMC Duramax 6.6L
C617-C618 Nelson Transit System C617-a.jpg 2004 International/ElDorado 3200/Aero Elite T444E Automatic
C621 Nelson Transit System C621-a.jpg 2006 International/ElDorado 3200/Aero Elite T444E Automatic

Trail and Castlegar

Conventional

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
0001-0002, 0004, 0007, 0012-0014 West Kootenay Transit System 0014-a.jpg 2000 TransBus Dart SPD (35')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Voith D823.3E
0108, 0113 West Kootenay Transit System 0113-a.jpg 2001 TransBus Dart SPD (35')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Voith D823.3E
0221-0222, 0226, 0235, 0237 West Kootenay Transit System 0222-a.jpg 2002 TransBus Dart SPD (35')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Voith D823.3E
  • 0222, 0226 transferred to Victoria in late 2017.
  • 0235 transferred to Cranbrook in 2018.
6701-6702 1980 OBI Orion I 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
6707-6708 1981 OBI Orion I 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
  • new to Trail in 1981
  • transferred as noted
6721, 6728 1991 OBI Orion I 01.507 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863.3E
6750 1980 OBI Orion I 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
6767, 6772, 6780-6781 1981 OBI Orion I 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
9058, 9071, 9074 BC Transit 9058-b.jpg 2000 TransBus Dart SPD (35')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Voith D823.3E
  • 9058 transferred from storage in 2017.
  • 9071 transferred from Victoria in August 2016; returned in November 2018.
  • 9074 transferred from Victoria in 2017.
9851-9852 West Kootenay Transit System 9851-a.jpg 1998 New Flyer D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D863.3
  • Transferred from Victoria in 2006/2007; returned in September 2018.
9909 1999 Dennis Dart SLF (30')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Allison AT-545
  • Transferred from Vernon in October 2012.
9930-9932, 9941, 9947 West Kootenay Transit System 9947-a.jpg 1999 Dennis Dart SLF (30')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Allison AT-545
  • 9930 transferred to Chilliwack in 2002/2003; returned in February 2011; transferred to Vernon in October 2012.
  • 9931 transferred to Port Alberni in 2002/2003.
  • 9941 transferred to Comox Valley in September 2012.
  • 9947 transferred from Cranbrook; sent to storage in Victoria in September 2016.

HandyDART

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
C465-C466 2001 Ford/CBB E-450/Polar III
2178-2179 2009 Ford/CBB E-450/Polar III

References

  1. BC Transit - Nelson Transit Transit System, bctransit.com, retrieved on 2009-08-20
  2. BC Transit - Kootenay Boundary Transit System, bctransit.com, retrieved on 2009-08-19


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Current Bus Fleet
New Flyer 1020-1044, 1045-1069, 1070-1114, 1115-1139, 1140-1147, 8084, 8095-8117, 9101-9106, 9701-9749, 9750-9760, 9815-9828, 9831-9856, 9861-9878, 9881-9891
Nova 6000-6029, 9201-9210, 9211-9231, 9232-9267, 9268-9289, 9290-9300, 9301-9318, 9319-9433, 9434-9446, 9447-9486
Dart 0001-0018, 0101-0116, 0221-0237, 9051-9078, 9081-9085, 9901-9904, 9905-9909, 9910-9951
Vicinity 3001-3015, 4007-4061, 4062-4070, 4071-4073, 4400-4432, 4433-4474
Double Deck 9001-9010, 9021-9039, 9041-9049, 9501-9526, 9527, 9528, 9529-9531
Aero Elite 3016-3023, 3024-3028
Sprinter 2340-2341, 2345-2346, 2368, 2450
ARBOC 2301-2315, 2316-2377, 2378-2449, 2451-2557, 2558-2624, 2625-2640, 2641-2662, 2663-2687
Polar 2173-2240
Retired Bus Fleet
GM/MCI 6171, 6179-6180, 6195, 6199-6203, 5349, 5350, 6272-6273, 6209-6271, 837-865, 866-879, 5914-5915, 920-928, 929-940, 941-956, 8901-8904, 8905-8910, 8911-8915, 8917-8919
Orion 6701-6706, 6707-6710, 6711-6716, 6720-6735, 6750-6765, 6766-6781, 6782-6789, 600-609, 610
New Flyer 1000-1019, 8001-8009, 8010-8033, 8034-8048, 8049-8083, 8085-8094
Aero Elite C617-C621
ELF C703-C708
Polar C551-C578, C579-C597, C900-C909, C910-C925, C927-C960, C961-C974, C975-C998, B001-B035, 2040-2074, 2077-2121, 2122-2172
Sprinter L102
Systems
North Central 100 Mile House, Bella Coola, Bulkley Nechako, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Hazeltons, Kitimat, Port Edward, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Skeena, Smithers, Terrace, Williams Lake
Vancouver Island Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Mount Waddington, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Powell River, Salt Spring Island, Sunshine Coast, Victoria
South Coast Agassiz-Harrison, Central Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, Hope, Pemberton Valley, Squamish, Whistler
Southern Interior Ashcroft-Clinton, Clearwater, Kamloops, Kelowna, Merritt, Revelstoke, Shuswap, South Okanagan-Similkameen, Vernon
Kootenays Boundary, Columbia Valley, Cranbrook, Creston Valley, Elk Valley, Kimberley, West Kootenay
Former Systems Vancouver, Golden