City proposes free bus rides for new routes
The City of Revelstoke’s economic development department is proposing three weeks of free bus ridership to promote new transit routes coming into effect on Dec. 10.
The city has already received the new buses, and they hope a Dec. 10–21 amnesty on bus fares will encourage new riders to try out the system.
City economic development director Alan Mason estimates the loss in revenue will be about $2,000, but hopes some of that will be made up if new riders take to the system.
City council will ponder the idea at their Nov. 13 meeting.
That’s the good news as far as fares go; In October, council approved a hike in bus fares for adults from $1.50 to $2 for adults. They’ll go up starting Jan. 1, 2013.