Upgrades considered to increase transit traffic

Vernon Regional Transit service draft report outlines proposals to improve service

Some improvements are being considered to get more passengers on board regional transit.

Following public input sessions and a review of the Vernon Regional Transit service, a draft report by the Planning Department of B.C. Transit has been produced.

“The study examines the existing system and identifies how the system could be altered to meet the needs and desires of the public,” the report states.

The move to a new transit exchange (on 31st Avenue) in early 2012 is one area that will impact all schedules and routes.

Some of the other proposed options in the report include a new route for the Foothills.

“This was by far the most requested area for expansion,” states the report, which indicates either half-hour or hourly services to the Foothills.

Schedule proposals include an evening service running until 9:15 p.m. (versus the current end time of 6:30 p.m.), holiday services, consistent sunday services and a more frequent service to UBCO.

In Coldstream, few transit-friendly roads and operational concerns with the grade of the new grid road are some of the constraints as options are considered for improving service in the district.

“I think we do have to take a closer look at how transit is functioning in Coldstream,” said Coun. Pat Cochrane. “With Coldstream having such a huge road network it’s very difficult to have a transit service in Coldstream.”

A few considerations on Cochrane’s agenda include making it easier for students to get to the college and possibly looking into a taxisaver program for the district.