Roam (public transit)

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Roam
Banff Roam logo.png
Banff Alberta Rom bus wolf.jpg
Locale Banff, Alberta
Service type bus service
Routes 6: 4 year-round and 2 seasonal
Fleet Nova LFS
Fuel type hybrid electric
Operator Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission [1]
Website roamtransit.com

Roam is the public transit system for the towns of Banff (located inside Banff National Park) and Canmore in the Bow Valley of Alberta's Rockies. There are currently four routes, three that operate year-round and one that operates seasonally.

The system is managed by the Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission (BVRTSC).

History

Roam was formerly known as Banff Public Transit and the town has had some form of public transportation since 1994, contracted to a variety of private operators.

The system was rebranded as Roam in June 2008. At the same time a new fleet of four hybrid buses was acquired and operation of the service was turned over a new private contractor, Brewster Inc., a local tour bus company.

On April 21, 2011, the Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission was formed by the town of Banff, the town of Canmore and Improvement District No. 9. This new government agency was authorized to provide or coordinate local and regional transit services in the Bow Valley.[2] Although not a voting member, Parks Canada actively participates in commission meetings.[2]

In the fall of 2012 the BVRTSC took over responsibility for the transit service.[3] On December 3, 2012, regional transit service between Banff and Canmore began.[4]

Service

Each Roam bus is decorated with images of different animals from the National Park. This one is Elk

There are currently six routes, four that operate year-round and two that operates seasonally (May to September). Service is provided using hybrid Nova buses, each decorated with scenes from the National Park, featuring either a grizzly bear, elk, mountain goat or wolf.

Route Districts/Areas Served Frequency Notes
1 Sulphur Mountain Sulphur Mountain, Downtown Banff 40 minutes
2 Tunnel Mountain Banff Springs, Downtown Banff, Tunnel Mountain 40 minutes
3 Banff-Canmore Regional Downtown Banff, Downtown Canmore 60 minutes Regional fare required
4 Cave & Basin Cave and Basin, Sulphur Mountain, Downtown Banff 60 minutes Operates Friday-Sunday, mid-May to September 30
5 Canmore Downtown Canmore, Three Sisters, Cougar Creek Weekdays: 33-60 minutes

Saturday: 37 minutes

Sunday: 75 minutes

6 Lake Minnewanka Downtown Banff, Lake Minnewanka, Banff Train Station 60 minutes Currently operating fare-free

Operates mid-May to mid-September

References

  1. ^ Transit History of Banff, Alberta
  2. ^ a b "Strategic & Business Plan, 2017 to 2020" (PDF). Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission. December 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission Regulation" (PDF). Regulation 59/2011. Alberta. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Roam between Canmore and Banff: regional public transit service". Roam. Retrieved January 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

External links

Media related to Roam public transit at Wikimedia Commons

  • Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission - Five-Year Business Plan


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