Demands grow to ease pressure on cramped UBC transit run

B.C. Transit and regional district considering options

Director Rob Sawatzky says there is a need for the Regional District of North Okanagan to consider transit access to the University of B.C.'s Okanagan campus.

Director Rob Sawatzky says there is a need for the Regional District of North Okanagan to consider transit access to the University of B.C.'s Okanagan campus.

Not getting on the bus to the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus is a common problem for students, and one politician wants action.

Director Rob Sawatzky told his Regional District of North Okanagan colleagues Wednesday that something needs to be done to expand the service between Vernon and Kelowna.

“The service leaves students behind,” he said.

Directors were told Wednesday that staff and B.C. Transit are considering options, including the schedule and whether there may be a need for a third bus.

Virtually all RDNO members fund one bus to UBC. But when a second bus began in 2010, Vernon picked up the additional $120,000 a year because other communities had concerns about costs and use among their residents.

RDNO is currently moving towards a service that would cover the cost of the second bus.

Look for more details in Friday’s Morning Star.