West Kootenay Transit Officially Launched; Excitement for Trail Ridership and CUPE 2087 Trail Transit Members

July 2, 2913                CUPE Local 2087

The new West Kootenay Transit System officially launched today and local politicians and transit officials were on hand in Trail to promote a new schedule, pay rate, and unparalled cooperation amongst the regional governments of the Regional Districts of Kootenay Boundary and Central Kootenay and their municipalities, in ushering in a new era of transit operation in the West Kootenays.

Dignitaries arrived in Trail at 11:15 am on a transit bus at the Trail Transit Exchange to share their excitement for the special day.

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BC Transit President/CEO Manuel Achandinha, Kevin Schubert, Regional Transit Manager

BC Transit president and CEO Manuel Achandinha, Kevin Schubert, Regional Transit Manager, Mayor Lawrence Chernoff of Castlegar, chair of the West Kootenay Transit Committee, and others emptied the bus to greet Trail Transit officials, CUPE Local 2087 President Jean Poole, City of Trail Councillor Eleanor Gattafoni Robinson and the public.

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Kevin Schubert, Regional Transit Manager;Trevor Stach, Trail Transit Manager; CUPE 2087 President, Jean Poole.

Trevor Stach, Manager of Trail Transit, Dennis Stach, father of Trevor and President of Trail Transit and Sharman Thomas, Trail Transit Supervisor, were on hand to greet the BC Transit officials and West Kootenay Transit Committee members, welcoming them to Trail on a very hot and auspicious day.

P1010007aDennis Stach, President Trail Transit and City of Trail Councillor Eleanor Gattafoni Robinson

West Kootenay Transit has brought three local governments and nine transit systems together under a single entity, after years of nurturing.

P1010014aBC Transit President/CEO Manuel Achandinha, Kevin Schubert, Regional Transit Manager with CUPE Local 2087 President, Jean Poole discussing the gains that have been realized by the region working together and the importance of the union transit members.

For CUPE Local Trail Transit members, it was more good news.

P1010013aCUPE Trail Transit transit driver with Kevin Schubert, Regional Transit Manager

Early in 2013, Trail Transit Inc. received the good news it was the successful applicant of a 10-year contract from B.C. Transit.  With that good news, CUPE transit members and Trail Transit successfully negotiated a new collective agreement; and now the good news of the implementation of the West Kootenay Transit system, which will go a long way in providing job security and increased ridership.

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