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Bus-only lanes on Highway 97 in West Kelowna could ease traffic congestion

Transit queue jump lanes also suggested to help reduce congestion pinch points
Highway showing dedicated bus lane. (Photo/City of West Kelowna)

Dedicated bus lanes and digital on-demand transit are a couple of ideas that are part of West Kelowna’s transit service review.

A report going to city council Tuesday (Aug. 23) puts forward the possibility of expanding road shoulders on Highway 97 for dedicated bus lanes. The measure could grow the number of transit trips on Route 97 from West Kelowna to Kelowna and reduce traffic congestion in the region, according to the report.

Transit queue jump lanes were also suggested to help reduce congestion pinch points on transit routes in the community.

Digital on-demand transit would allow riders to request transit service in a specific area using a smartphone app. The report says it gives drivers the ability to alter their routes based on where the demand is, rather than following a fixed route and schedule. The Kelowna Regional System has been identified by BC Transit as one of two areas in the province where on-demand transit may be feasible.

Council is receiving the report for information.

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Gary Barnes

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Recently joined Kelowna Capital News and WestK News as a multimedia journalist in January 2022. With almost 30 years of experience in news reporting and radio broadcasting...
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