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Transit reviews regional service

BC Transit will soon be embarking on a review of transit service for Penticton and the neighbouring portion of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

The service review will also include a look at potential service in areas directly adjacent to the city, including a route around Skaha Lake, taking in Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, and Lakeshore Highlands.

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen director Garry Litke, who is a Penticton councillor, was not happy with the terms of reference wording, laid out at the board’s Planning and Development Committee meeting on March 17.

He noted that there was a lack of specifics regarding the terms of reference for review of the regional district areas, even though the regional district was providing the funding for their portion of the review.

Community services manager Mark Woods told the board that staff was in the process of establishing specific terms of reference for areas beyond the scope of Penticton, with the regional district’s hired transit planner at work on the rural portion.

The review will look at ridership trends, routes, times and fares.

In December, Penticton council voted to not increase fares by 25 cents, at least until a study on local transit services was complete.

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