Town investigates increased transit service

Town investigates increased transit service

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A local senior is asking the Town to implement a local transit system, similar to what the community of Osoyoos operates. (Photo Mathew White)

By Lyonel Doherty

Oliver Chronicle

A local senior has prompted the Town of Oliver to look into a community transit service.

The senior, whose name has been redacted from council correspondence, wrote that she recently gave up her driver’s licence, only to realize that Oliver needs a local transit system.

“If Osoyoos and Okanagan falls can maintain such a system, then why not Oliver?”

The senior indicated that she has to use a taxi to get to the hospital and another one to come home. This situation limits her access to medical necessities, she pointed out.

The woman noted that Oliver has a high number of seniors and many are without their own transportation. She pointed out that a local transit system could be utilized by all ages.

She said the Town is contributing to the cost of a regional transit system, so why not extend the commitment to a local transportation service?

“Yes, taxes would go up … so let’s get something for our taxes,” she said.

In addition to investigating the request, council will also look at the cost of installing shelters at the Kootenay Street and hospital bus stop locations.

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