North Okanagan shuttle proposed

A Kamloops transportation firm has received support from two North Okanagan communities for its bid to provide a shuttle service between Salmon Arm and Kelowna.

The City of Armstrong and the Township of Spallumcheen have both given unanimous support to Kamloops Transportation Ltd. which has proposed the shuttle service on a trial basis.

“We’ll be using a mini-bus which seats about 15 to 25 people, depending on how much we need,” said Abdul Rasheed, president of Kamloops Transportation Ltd.

The plan is to run the service seven days a week with one unit starting in Salmon Arm and stopping in Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Vernon and Kelowna, and another unit that would begin in Lumby, and make stops in Vernon and Lake Country before arriving in Kelowna.

The service would leave at 7 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.

“If it’s successful, we would increase the service to two trips per day,” said Rasheed.

Armstrong Coun. Paul Britton, a counsellor at Pleasant Valley Secondary in Armstrong, said such a service is needed.

“I see kids every day who come to our school from Salmon Arm and they are driven by their parents,” said Britton, who called for a motion to support Rasheed’s application to the provincial Passenger Transportation Board.

Rasheed said he would proceed with his application when received support from the communities, and expects his application will cost “around $100,000 to $150,000.”

The City of Enderby, however, did not give support at this early stage. Instead, it referred the matter to the Southern Interior Local Government Association.

Rasheed still has to meet with a number of other councils to discuss his proposal.


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