Minor tweaking expected to alter several local bus routes

B.C. Transit users in Kelowna may notice a few changes to their favourite routes as of next week.

B.C. Transit users in Kelowna may notice a few changes to their favourite routes as of next week.

As for any substantial alterations: “No, there’s none actually. Really what we’re going to be experiencing, effective next week, is minor schedule changes,” said Joanna Linsangan of B.C. Transit.

“We’re merely massaging the time tables to make it more convenient for our customers.”

As of Sept. 4, the schedule changes will affect most bus routes throughout the community.

“If you look at the summer schedule versus fall, virtually all of (the routes) will have adjustments. What we experience during the summer schedule is a lighter service load.

“The demand for transit isn’t as high because everyone is on vacation. Now that we’re in September, it’s back to school, back to work, so BC Transit returns to its regular load.”

But change isn’t always bad. Linsangan said that the reason behind the changes is to make time tables more accurate and efficient.

“In addition to that, customers will see that transfer points and transfer times may be more convenient for them as well.”

The adjustments are nothing out of the ordinary, according to Linsangan.

“This is typical. Regular changes throughout the year are to be expected and it’s really just to make sure that we’re providing the right level of service when required.”

Linsangan said that there won’t be any fare changes with the new fall schedule; however, the City of Kelowna approved a fare increase in July. It doesn’t come into effect until Jan.1, 2012.

For more information about transit changes, visit www.bctransit.com or pick up a new Rider’s Guide on board.


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