A new shuttle service will start making regular trips to Fernie’s ski hill this week.
Two 24 passenger buses will travel between the city’s downtown and the Alpine Resort, starting Thursday, December 21st.
Tourism Fernie’s Jikke Gyorki says this will establish a constant connection to one of the community’s biggest attractions.
“We’re going to be operating a service that’s basically running during the day on the half-hour, which is a higher level of frequency than we’ve seen before,” Gyorki says. “We’re also bringing back our evening shuttle program, which was not always there for us in the past because of the cost of it.”
Gyorki expects strong ridership numbers with more consistent trips.
“Its providing a level of frequency, reliability, consistency, that we haven’t had before,” Gyorki says. “We really feel its going to create confidence with people that are interested.”
The vehicles cost $116,000 and were funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative.
The service is being operated by Fernie Alpine Resort, with support from the city, the chamber of commerce and the community’s tourism agency.
Seats are first-come first-served and cost $4 per trip.
The buses runs every half hour between 8 am – 5:30 pm. An evening shuttle will also run until 11:30 pm each night.
– Tourism Fernie Executive Officer, Jikke Gyorki