February 05, 2013 - 4:49 PM
The jam-packed buses proved it; public transit from Vernon to UBCO had to be expanded.
And now it has been, with two additional trips leaving Vernon at 9 a.m and noon. On the return, the UBCO Connector departs the university at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The extra runs will be offered between February 12 to April 26, 2013.
The route #90 bus was introduced in July 2008, and has proved to be high in demand for students and individuals commuting to work in Kelowna.
Elected officials with the Regional District of North Okanagan have been looking for cost-effective solutions to address the capacity issues on this popular regional service. Last month, a midday trip at 1 p.m. was added on the route #90 UBCO Connector by cancelling the lesser used 6 p.m. run.
“The extra runs will benefit Vernon, as well as the other communities in the North Okanagan,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA. “This is a great example of local governments and BC Transit working together to ensure we have an efficient transit system for customers. The UBCO Connector route is very popular, and the extra bus service is most appreciated.”
Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick echoed Foster's sentiments.
“More than 8,300 students attend the university’s Kelowna campus, and so this bus route is a valued service for students who are commuting in each day,” Letnick said. “The extra service will go a long way, for students and faculty alike.”
Regional District of North Okanagan chair Patrick Nicol is pleased to offer the improved service to commuters.
“The UBCO service upgrade is an important addition to this valuable route, due to the ever increasing demand,” Nicol said. “We look forward to the transit users’ input on these new times.”
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