Regional carpool service to get promotional boost

Trans Canada Carpool program lands in South Okanagan.

Greater effort can be placed on promoting a regional carpooling service, now that the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has agreed to take on local co-ordination of the program.

RDOS board members voted last week to assume command of Trans Canada Carpool’s program in the South Okanagan and spend $1,000 to help advertise it.

People interested in sharing or offering rides can go to match up with others, while local governments across the country help out by promoting the service.

“It seems like a pretty cool thing, actually,” said Allan Patton, the RDOS director for rural Oliver.

Data supplied to the board showed that an average of 56 people in Penticton used the service in May to travel to unspecified destinations.

RDOS community services manager Mark Woods said his organization has been supplied with promotional materials and will now step up advertising efforts.

Program co-ordination had previously been handled by the District of Summerland, which asked the regional district to take over.