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Transit red tape delays terminus
Bureaucracy has stalled a major change to Vernon’s transit system.
It was expected that the new 31st Avenue transit terminus would open by late March but that has been delayed until April because B.C. Transit has not established a new bus schedule or detailed costs for a number of service improvements recently approved by the city.
“There are so many people at the table working on this project,” said Amanda Watson, Vernon’s transportation technician, referring to the city, Coldstream, the regional district and B.C. Transit. “Issues like cost-sharing and routing need to be explored and costs, especially around evening services, need to be uncovered. The members working on this project want to be sure all of the costs are revealed before relocating the terminus.”
It’s anticipated that detailed cost information will be put before city council for consideration Feb. 13.
“If the costs are approved and the transit changes go ahead, there will be some time required for B.C. Transit’s operational requirements for producing a new bus schedule and printing riders’ guides,” said Watson.