Regional board gives green light to Kelowna bus service

A new transit route connecting the South Okanagan with Kelowna moved closer to reality yesterday, Sept. 6, 2018, with approval of a regional transit service that includes the Similkameen.

PENTICTON - A new regional transit route linking Penticton and the South Okanagan to Kelowna took a big step forward yesterday.

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen’s Board of Directors adopted a bylaw establishing a regional wide transit service following electoral approval through the alternate approval process.

The service will cover and be paid for by all electoral areas and municipalities in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

Manager of Legislative Service Christy Malden says the bylaw clears the way for establishment of the new transit route connecting Penticton with Kelowna. In coming months, work will progress towards integrated service between the Kelowna route and existing bus connections in the regional district.

Malden says the district is preparing a release with more information about what the service will look like in the near future.

Only 23 out of 6,516 elector response forms needed were received by the regional district opposed to the service by the Aug. 31 deadline.


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