Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission
The Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission (BVRTSC) was formally established on April 21, 2011.
The BVRTSC is a government agency, made up of the towns of Banff and Canmore and Improvement District #9, and is authorized to provide public passenger transportation services in the Bow Valley. See video - Let’s Talk Public Transit.
The BVRTSC will assume responsibility for Banff’s popular local Roam transit service and the regional service between Canmore and Banff (Fall of 2012).
Plans for the next five years are to enhance existing transit services and to introduce new ones. The draft 5-year business plan currently includes.
- The introduction of regular transit service connecting Canmore and Banff and Lake Louise.
- The introduction of seasonal transit service to some popular camping, hiking and points of interest destinations in the Bow Valley between Banff and Lake Louise and to the Lake Minnewanka area and the Moraine Lake areas.
- Enhancements to the local transit service in Banff.
- The introduction of regular local transit service in Canmore.
- Winter seasonal service from Banff to area ski resorts.
You can see the 5-year business plan here.
Objectives of the Commission:
a) To provide and coordinate local and regional transit services within the service area
b) To attract more transit users; and
c) To contribute towards improved air quality and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
It shall be the mission of the BVRTSC to:
- Create new and enhanced transit services that are part of a regional transit system that would enhance the experience of existing riders and attract new riders and visitors to the Bow Valley Region;
- Increase the share of local and regional trips completed on transit within the Bow Valley Region;
- Enhance the transit customer’s experience in using transit and their knowledge of the Bow Valley Region;
- Provide integration between local, regional and seasonal transit services;
- Provide excellent customer service to transit passengers;
- Improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector;
- Reduce deaths and injuries on local and provincial roadways; and
- Raise the local and international awareness of the sustainable transit mobility options within the Bow Valley region.