Okay, so maybe it’s not a train, but this isn’t your normal Calgary Transit bus.
Using a 55-seat passenger bus with a bathroom on board, On-It Regional Transit is bringing their Banff program back this summer to give Calgarians an alternate mode of transportation to the mountains on weekends and holidays.
The service ran a pilot program last year, allowing Calgarians an easy, inexpensive way to visit the Rocky Mountains on their days off.
The On-It Regional Transit system looked to be in danger of disappearing over the winter, but managed to stick around after being acquired by Southland Transportation Ltd.
“[When] the prospect of continuing On-It Regional Transit [was presented to us] it was clear that the synergy between On-It and our existing commuter service would allow us to expand our role as the transportation leader in the Calgary Region,” said Jonathan Weal, regional director of Southland Transportation Ltd., in a release.
“We have embraced the On-It vision since day one and look forward to enhancing our service offerings in the many communities in which we operate.”
Potential communities will be able to catch a ride from either downtown Calgary or the Crowfoot LRT Station, which will take them to Canmore, and then on to Banff.
The trip takes just over two hours from start to finish, with the option to disembark in Canmore, at the Banff Train Station, or at Banff Community High School.
10 trips will be offered on each operational day, beginning on May 19 and running until September 3.
Tickets go on sale starting May 1, can be purchased online, and will cost as little as $10 for a one-way single fare ticket.
Check here for details.