Penticton council approved a proposal to allow free transit in December. (Black Press file photo)

Penticton council approved a proposal to allow free transit in December. (Black Press file photo)

Free transit in Penticton every Saturday in December

The city has provided free parking downtown since the pandemic

Penticton residents will be able to get their Saturday Christmas shopping done in December without having to worry about paying for a bus ride there and back this year.

Council unanimously approved the motion to make transit use free on Saturdays in December in their regular meeting on Nov. 3.

The city report found that the loss of fare would amount to $440 a day, for a total of $1,760 for the month. In comparison, free parking in downtown Penticton this year cost the municipality $5,000.

“Last year I know when we [gave] free parking, it had been brought to our attention how fair is it that we give free parking and not allow free transit [which] is perhaps a more environmentally friendly source of transportation,” said coun. Frank Regehr. “I think the good citizen that brought that forward was quite correct when she did that.”

Council had declined to make a decision on the proposal for 2019, and asked the city to bring it back in 2020 with additional information.

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