Friday, September 13, 2013

Local Mayors and council get their own behind-the-wheels go at the City of Nelson’s buses, both new and out-going.

BC Transit’s first state-of-the-art Vicinity model bus made its debut this week…

With a capacity of 39 passengers, the Vicinity is a medium-duty bus ideal for Nelson and West Kootenay Transit System users — and Mayor John Dooley, Councilors and the rest of the West Kootenay Transit Committee can attest.

Along with West Kootenay Transit Committee Chair Lawrence Chernoff, Mayor Dooley, Nelson City Councilors Donna Macdonald, Deb Kozak, Robin Cherbo, and BC Transit President and CEO Manuel Achadinha, had a chance to sit aboard, and even pilot, the new Vicinity model, in a test-drive to compare the new rig to the current Nova model ridden by local transit users.

The Vicinity buses will replace some of the larger Nova model units currently in operation. The Vicinity comes at a time when local and regional transit service is rising to the challenge of changing times, with even better routes and now, even better buses too.

The veritable bus rodeo was held and the City of Nelson Works Complex Thursday, September 13, 2013 along with BC Transit’s Ron Brown, who has won the Canadian Bus Rodeo Championships seven times.