City’s school bus runs leave residents to walk

The Kelowna Student Transit experience could drive many of its customers to the nearest car sales lot.

To the editor:

I have seen the new, improved, Kelowna Student Transit service, and it is ugly.

On Tuesday, Sept.4, I was awaiting the #8 bus in front of the Cottonwoods Care Centre, at 11:55 a.m.

A bus sped by, exhibiting the sign: Out Of Service.

It appeared to be packed with students.

The young lady waiting with me said: “They’ll send another bus right behind it.”

I said, “No they won’t,” and they didn’t.

A half-hour later, another #8 stopped, so the driver could inform us that we would have to wait for the next bus, since his was full—it appeared to be full of students.

At this point, the young, and now quite angry, young lady left, in order to voice her displeasure by phone, to the transit management.

I wasn’t going to await the next packed #8, and walked over to the hospital in hopes of, perhaps, being able to catch a, not so full, #1 bus to take me out of my way to the #10 that would get me home to Rutland.

I’m a senior who, thankfully, could manage that walk—many could not.

The Kelowna Student Transit experience could drive many of its customers to the nearest car sales lot, if the bus would indeed show up, and not be packed to the gills.

Don Snider,

Kelowna

Kelowna Capital News