Some users of the Kelowna Regional Transit Service may notice a few changes in service starting Sunday.
Westside riders are those most likely to notice a difference as West Kelowna council voted to cut 3,700 service hours this past March, in advance of the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit in 2014.
The Highway 97 Express route will take over the stretch of highway previously served by Route 21. The line will end in Westbank Centre; therefore, Glenrosa riders will be required to transfer buses to get to their nearest bus stops.
Service to Glenrosa will also be reduced to every 30 minutes during peak hours and every hour during off-peak hours.
Routes 27, 28 and 29—which service Horizon, Smith Creek and Bear Creek respectively—will have their service reduced to weekday, peak hours only.
In Kelowna, BC Transit will now link the neighbourhood of Quail Ridge to UBCO.
The Route 13 bus will run every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., then again from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to satisfy the needs of students living in the area.
Other Kelowna service enhancements include extra runs on the Route 1 Lakeshore and late night Friday and Saturday service on the Route 97 Express between downtown Kelowna and UBCO.
Routes 4 and 6 will be reinstated after a summer hiatus and other routes will return to their full fall schedule.
The Route 23 Lake Country route will see a 33 per cent increase in weekday service, which includes a doubling of midday service and 15 minute service during afternoon peak hours.
For more information on September schedules in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country, visit bctransit.com/regions/kel.