Transit to make a stop at Vernon library

Accessing Vernon’s new library has been a challenge for those with mobility issues. But that’s soon coming to an end.

Accessing Vernon’s new library has been a challenge for those with mobility issues. But that’s soon coming to an end.

City council has approved changes to the route 4-East Hill transit service. After leaving the transit terminus on 31st Avenue, the bus will travel along 30th Avenue so residents can easily reach the new library.

“I like that we’re moving forward with this,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

Some residents with mobility issues were concerned they could not easily walk from the transit terminus to the library. Among the difficulties is the grade of 30th Avenue.

It’s also hoped the bus stop will benefit parents with strollers.

Prior to the new bus stop opening, though, the city’s accessibility committee will review the plans Sept. 20.

“Should they accept the proposal, it should only take a week to install it (stop) after that meeting,” said Amanda Watson, transportation technician.

Council has also approved terms of reference for a 25-year North Okanagan transit plan.

“The benefit is we have people talking about vision,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe.

Coun. Catherine Lord opposed the plan.

“Twenty-five years is too long. After three or four years, there are new people at the table and you can’t really project where you’re going,” she said.

“I want to see action and not more plans.”