Banff, AB - Roam, Banff’s award-winning public transit service, will deliver visitors and residents to the front door of Cave and Basin National Historic Site when it reopens later this month.
The Town of Banff and Bow Valley Regional Transit Service Commission (BVRTSC), in collaboration with Parks Canada, announced a new transit route will operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday from mid-May to September 30. Buses will depart every 40 minutes from the 200 block of Banff Avenue and head directly to the Cave and Basin. From there, the bus will travel to Sulphur Mountain and back to Cave and Basin, before returning downtown and connections to Roam’s other routes, including Tunnel Mountain and the Banff-Canmore commuter.
“ I’m delighted that we can provide this extension to service in 2013,” said Leslie Taylor, Banff councillor and chair of the BVRTSC. “Having a larger Roam bus fleet, thanks to the Green Trip grant money from the Province of Alberta, made it possible for us to respond to this opportunity with Parks Canada, working with the Town of Banff. We hope this will be the first of several joint routes with Parks in the future.”
"Parks Canada welcomes Roam to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site," said Dave McDonough, Banff Field Unit Superintendent. "The bus provides another convenient way for people to come and enjoy the site, reduces traffic on Cave Avenue, and links the Cave and Basin with other attractions within the Town of Banff."
The new Cave and Basin/Sulphur Mountain route is particularly convenient for visitors at the Tunnel Mountain campground, who can leave their recreation vehicles at their campsite and hop on Roam for a full day of sightseeing at Banff’s top destinations. Many Banff hotels also offer the added value of bus passes to their guests.
Fares for the Banff service have remained the same: just $2 for adults per ride, or an unlimited day pass for $5. Both can be purchased right on the bus or at multiple outlets in Banff. Roam’s summer schedule, including the stops and times for the new route, will be available later this month. Or visit Roam online at www.roamtransit.com.
DIANA WALTMANN, MANAGER, COMMUNICATIONS
TOWN OF BANFF
DIRECT: 403.762.1207, CELL: 403.431.2307
KOJI MIYAJI, GENERAL MANAGER
BOW VALLEY REGIONAL TRANSIT SERVICES COMMISSION
DIRECT: 403.762.0606 CELL: 403.431.7626.