Free transit set for Funtastic

Action is being taken to ensure participants and the public are safe during Vernon’s largest summer event.

The city has approved free transit buses for the Funtastic Summer Festival from June 30 to July 2.

“This has been something we’ve done for many years,” said Kevin Bertles, finance manager.

“It keeps party revellers off the road and local residents safe.”

Thousands of people attend the festival, which includes live entertainment and a beverage area at the Vernon Army Camp.

“A key component of the event is our Get Home Safe bus shuttle,” said Jim McEwan, Funtastic executive director.

“The last two years we have six buses in use and our director in charge of buses feels this number is adequate.”

Co-ordination will also take place for the Canada Day fireworks July 1.

Free transit for Funtastic costs taxpayers about $2,000 a year.

However, Mayor Wayne Lippert believes that is an essential expense if people are to be urged not to drink and drive.

 

“We need to keep the service there so it helps keep things under control,” he said.