Lumby backs second bus

Village willing to contribute towards service to UBC campus

Lumby is on board with transit.

Council has given two readings to a bylaw that would see the village fund a second bus between Vernon and the University of B.C. campus in Kelowna.

“We’re encouraging our students to use it,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

“It’s a long drive from Lumby to Kelowna and if they use the bus, it’s better for the environment and it gets congestion off the highway.”

Lumby and most other Regional District of North Okanagan members have supported one bus to UBC for years.

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.

However, RDNO jurisdictions decided in February to financially support the second bus based on ridership.

“If there’s half-a-dozen riders from here, that’s what it will cost for Lumby,” said Acton.

Based on ridership, the village will pick up about 0.3 per cent of the service budget.