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Permanent bus service from Clearwater to Kamloops expected

Bus service between Clearwater and Kamloops could get approval this week from the TNRD board to continue on a permanent basis.
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Transit service set to continue

A three-year pilot program offering bus service from Clearwater and Barriere to Kamloops is set to get board approval as a permanent program – a program that could cost an average of just over $2 per year to just under $10 per year to homeowners.

The Valley Connector Transit Service – operated by Yellowhead Community Services - has offered transportation to Kamloops for shopping and medical appointments once per week for a nominal fee. Equipped with a lift the bus can accommodate up to 20 passengers and must be booked in advance.

In the areas where service would be provided weekly the estimated costs would be $9.80 annually, based on the average assessment of properties in the area, and $2.37 to areas receiving monthly service. Fares are anticipated to remain in the range from $5 to $7.50, depending on the community traveling to and from.

Thompson-Nicola Regional District staff have not heard any negative feedback on the service after holding public meetings in Blue Water, Barriere and Clearwater and is now asking the board to allow them to proceed with the alternative approval process – which allows the district to approve the service without the need of a public hearing if less than 10 per cent of eligible voters must voice disapproval.

To contact a reporter for this story, email or call (250) 819-3723.

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