Updated: Free service and refunds follow bus strike settlement in Central Okanagan

Partial refunds or reduced-cost transit passes for December are available from Kelowna city hall.

Update: Kelowna city hall now says riders with transit passes have the option of purchasing a three-week discounted December pass, or receiving a refund of three weeks for their November transit pass as a result of the resumption of service following the recent strike by bus drivers in the Central Okanagan.

In order to redeem either one, pass holders must return their November transit passes.

Discounted December passes can be purchased at any transit fare product vendor, however refunds will only be processed at Kelowna city hall, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Riders who do not plan to buy a December transit pass and only want to receive a pro-rated refund for three weeks of November must apply for their refund at city hall and hand in their November 2016 transit pass.

 

Original story: Now that the Central Okanagan transit strike is over, transit pass holders who paid for a month of service for November but lost two weeks due to the labour dispute, can get a partial refund.

Kelowna Regional Transit says passes will be refunded on a pro-rated basis and refunds are available at Kelowna City Hall. Transit passes are required as proof of purchase.

The strike ended Thursday morning when drivers went back to work after ratifying a new collective agreement with First Canada, the company contracted to run the transit system here.

In addition to the partial refund of transit passes, B.C.Transit announced that everyone can ride the buses for free in the Central Okanagan for the rest of the month.

“As a thank you to our customers for their patience, BC Transit, the province of B.C. and our local government partners will provide free service in the Kelowna Regional Transit system for the remainder of November,” said B.C. Transit is a statement issued Wednesday.

It also quoted Transportation Minister Todd Stone as praising both sides involved in the labour dispute, the union representing the 217 drivers, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1722 and and the First Canada.

“It is always good news when two parties are able to come together in good faith as part of the collective bargaining process and agree on a resolution that is good for both the employees and taxpayers,” said Stone.

 

Just Posted

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Okanagan

Possible rainfall rates of up to 25 milimetres in one hour.

STEM summer camps focus on math, science learning

Programs offered at UBCO campus encourage hands-on fun

Futures court stars make stop in Kelowna

Kelowna Futures Tennis Tournament goes June 25 to July 1 at Parkinson Rec Centre courts

Blasting warning for West Kelowna

West Kelowna permit issued for blasting to start this week

Glenrosa residents asked to secure garbage

WildSafeB.C. issues warning about bears

VIDEO: Vernon-area students read for rank

RCMP visited JW Inglis on Wednesday as part of the Read with Me and the RCMP program.

FIFA World Cup weekly roundup

Host nation Russia remains unbeaten in Group A, tied with Uruguay

Star Gazing: Using a large telescope

Ken Tapping, astronomer with the National Research Council’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Trudeau says he can’t imagine Trump damaging U.S. by imposing auto tariffs

New tariffs on Canadian autos entering the U.S. would amount to a self-inflicted wound on the U.S. economy

Temperature records broken across B.C., again

The first heat wave of the season went out with a bang across the province

Canada’s first national accessibility law tabled in Ottawa

The introduction of the Accessible Canada Act marked a key step towards greater inclusion

Police chief calls for mass casualty plan in Saskatchewan after Broncos crash

Former Saskatoon police chief Clive Weighill said the office was tasked with creating such a plan 13 years ago but none exists

U.S. schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct acted as a team physician at other universities

Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog

Allegedly the team’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, rolled out his hot dog launcher

Most Read