Two weeks of service left for Golden transit

Kicking Horse Country Transit service officially comes to an end on Friday July 27.

After the difficult decision was made in early April, transit in Golden will officially come to an end on July 27.

Kicking Horse Country Transit service was terminated due to a combination of limited ridership and municipal government financial constraints.

“During our budget deliberations, we had fairly significant conversations about how to invest our tax dollars for our municipality. And the first item from the closed meeting was the termination notice of the Transit Service Agreement,” said Mayer Christina Benty when the decision was first announced in April.

“Unfortunately our transit system is one of the worst performers in the province… and we would actually be forced to buy two more busses in the near future which would have a significant impact on our budget for next year.”

The decision has been met with some frustration from some regular transit users. But nevertheless, the last day of transit service will be July 27.

The Health Connections service between Golden and Cranbrook will continue. The bus leaves Golden at 8 a.m. with stops in Cranbrook at the Tamarack Mall, Cranbrook Hospital and other medical facilities at 11:15 a.m. The return trip leaves Cranbrook at 3:30 p.m. and arrives in Golden at 6:30 p.m.

The Health Connections service gives priority to people with medical appointments but is open to all, if space is available.

Mount 7 Taxi still offers 24-hour taxi and limousine service in Golden and surrounding areas, and can be contacted at 344-5237.