City simplifies approval process for free Kamloops Transit services

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KAMLOOPS - Groups organizing large events in Kamloops will have one less hoop to jump through in applying for free transit passes.

Council has given city administration the power to make decisions in regards to free transit to events meeting certain conditions. Previously, council had to approve the events itself, often hearing from organizing committees during delegations at regular council meetings.

City development director Marvin Kwiatkowski says some requests would still come forward if they don't meet the conditions, which include being a non-profit event free for the community, the scale of the event can be accommodated by the transit system and the city is recognized as an event sponsor for providing free transit services. A separate condition also allows for free transit for necessary volunteers if the scale of the event and sponsorship conditions are met.

Mayor Peter Milobar says anything is better than what the current system is.

“If this isn’t working and everyone is still showing up at our podium because they aren’t fitting the criteria we can always amend it further at a later point,” he said during council meeting yesterday, April 26. “We've got to start somewhere to minimize the number of delegations.”

There were seven events in both 2014 and 2015 which successfully gained free transit. Four have already been approved for 2016.

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