RDOS plans to create transit system connecting Penticton and Kelowna

RDOS plans to create transit system connecting Penticton and Kelowna

The regional district is hoping to create a public transit system connecting Penticton and Kelowna. (Pixabay)

By Vanessa Broadbent

Oliver Chronicle

The regional district plans to create a transit service connecting Penticton and Kelowna and upcoming information sessions will give the public the opportunity to learn more about the project.

On Thursday, August 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town of Osoyoos office the public is invited to review the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s (RDOS) plans to connect the South and Central Okanagan with a public transit system.

The system will include two round trips per day on weekdays and be integrated with existing services within the RDOS.

The maximum amount required annually will be approximately $250,000, says the RDOS, and the average cost per household will be “a few dollars or the price of a cup of coffee.”

A transit service connecting the South Okanagan-Similkameen to the Central Okanagan was identified as a top priority in the RDOS Transit Future Plan, Chair Karla Kozakevich said in a news release.

In order to establish the service, the RDOS board needs electoral approval of the bylaw, which will allow them to acquire licences and enter into contracts necessary to implement a Regional Transit System Service.

Anyone objecting the bylaw can sign an Elector Response Form and submit it to the RDOS office before 4:30 p.m. on August 31.

If 10 per cent of qualified electors, an estimate of 6,516, object to the adoption of the bylaw, the RDOS Board of Directors cannot adopt the bylaw without going to referendum.

Qualified electors include anyone over the age of 18 that has lived in B.C. for at least six months, is a Canadian citizen and legally entitled to vote, and has either lived in the regional district for at least 30 days or has been a register owner of property within the area for at least 30 days.

Elector Response Forms are available from the Regional District office, including by mail, fax or email by request at www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/assent-voting/.

No action is required from anyone supporting the adoption of the bylaw.

Along with the information session in Osoyoos, the RDOS is hosting two more in the South Okanagan: on Wednesday, August 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the RDOS office (101 Martin Street, Penticton), and at the Village of Keremeos office on August 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.