The City of Vernon is looking at ways to expand transit opportunities for residents.

The City of Vernon is looking at ways to expand transit opportunities for residents.

More resources pumped into transit

A majority of Vernon council agrees to add additional transit hours in 2018

More buses could hit the road in Vernon.

On Monday, a majority of city council agreed in principle to add 7,000 transit hours in March 2018 and 3,500 transit hours in September 2018.

“A lot of people would like to use transit but a lack of frequency makes it difficult,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

“If we have a half-decent transit system, people will avail themselves of it.”

Opposition came from Councillors Bob Spiers, Dalvir Nahal and Scott Anderson.

“We have been building it (system) for years and they haven’t come,” said Anderson of riders and empty buses.

That comment brought a sharp response from Cunningham.

“This is a plan for the future. We need to show some indication that we’re in the game or not,” she said.

“I don’t understand the resistance to this alternative (transportation). There are people where this is their only way to get around.”

As part of the plan, council agreed in principle to increase the operating expenditures beyond the standard 1.8 per cent operating increase for transit in 2018.