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Penticton to provide free transit on B.C. election day

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March 09, 2017 - 8:00 PM

PENTICTON - The City of Penticton is providing free transit service on provincial election day.

City council unanimously agreed at this week's meeting that it is important for citizens to get out to vote on May 9.

Coun. Andre Martin questioned the move initially, noting during the last municipal election there was “very little uptake” for the service during election day. He also asked what would be done for advance polling days.

City Director of Operations Mitch Moroziuk said B.C. Transit needed a decision on the matter in order to have time to update marketing information and advertising.

He said the economic impact to the city would be minimal, amounting to the loss of cash fare revenue for the day. During the last provincial election when free transit service was offered, that amount totalled $770.

Coun. Judy Sentes expressed a desire to hold off on a decision to allow more information to come to council regarding ridership. She introduced a motion to defer the matter for two more weeks, but did not find further support from council, who eventually endorsed a motion to provide free bus rides on May 9.


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