Transit schedule change considered

The proposed change would change the 2:40 p.m. departure from Summerland to Penticton to 3:10 p.m.

A transit schedule change, affecting afternoon service, will be considered this fall.

The proposed change would change the 2:40 p.m. departure from the Summerland Library to Penticton to 3:10 p.m.

The change is being considered as a result of a petition, signed by high school students and received on Dec. 8, 2015.

Angelique Wood, community development coordinator, said the schedule change would benefit high school students, but it would also affect commuter traffic.

The delay will affect later bus service. The 5:15 p.m. bus from Penticton would then leave at 5:45 p.m. and wold arrive at the library at 6:27 p.m. instead of 5:57 p.m.

“B.C. Transit wishes both to encourage youth to use transit and maintain a satisfied commuter base,” Wood said in a report to council.

Mayor Peter Waterman said the present schedule makes it difficult for Summerlanders to make good use of the transit service at present.

Early in the school year, municipal staff will meet with B.C. Transit and user groups to determine ridership demands.