Reducing Trips to the Mountain - Revelstoke’s Resort Shuttle Bus
The City of Revelstoke partnered with local tourism-based businesses to provide a shuttle bus service between the city and resort. Gas Tax and Resort Municipality Initiative funds were used to leverage private sector resources to reduce traffic in the community of Revelstoke and increase access to the mountain.
Success Story Snapshot
|Energy Savings / GHG Reductions: Approximately 70 tonnes of CO2e annually.|
|Business Case: Revelstoke is able to provide a popular transit service to residents and visitors without spending any own-source revenue.|
|Co-benefits: Fewer private vehicles travelling between the city and resort improve traffic safety and reduce maintenance costs on public roads.|
|Total project cost: Approximately $200,000 in capital costs. The 2015 operating budget was $135,000.|
The City decided to expand the shuttle service as operating only two shuttles could no longer keep up with rider demand. Ridership, which sat at 12,000 trips in the first year of service, rose to 46,000 trips by the 2013/2014 ski season.
Energy Savings/GHG reductions
The winter shuttle service benefits the tourism industry by increasing access to and from the Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Additionally, by offering an alternative transit option to the resort, the shuttle reduces vehicle traffic within the city, particularly traffic generated by travelling tourists. Reduced traffic volume during the busy winter ski season also improves traffic safety in the community. This was particularly important for Revelstoke, as the main route from downtown to the resort passed by two elementary schools.
Local Government Contact
Penny Page-Brittin, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
Phone: (250) 837-3497