Bus route to ben­e­fit stu­dents

The Daily Courier - - CITY - By RON SEY­MOUR

A new bus route should be launched this fall to ser­vice fast­grow­ing stu­dent neigh­bour­hoods south of UBC Okana­gan, tran­sit of­fi­cials sug­gest.

The pro­posed lo­cal route would run south from the cam­pus along Academy Way and ter­mi­nate at Reid’s Cor­ner, a dis­tance of about three kilo­me­tres.

Funds for the new route would come, in part, by ser­vice re­duc­tions on routes that cur­rently serve Quail Ridge and Gal­lagher’s Canyon in South East Kelowna.

Cur­rently, many stu­dents pile onto No. 4 south-bound buses at the cam­pus only to reach new hous­ing de­vel­op­ments that are rel­a­tively close along Academy Way, tran­sit of­fi­cials say.

When they get off the bus, it con­tin­ues with few pas­sen­gers into cen­tral Kelowna, ac­cord­ing to a re­port go­ing to­day to city coun­cil.

Longer term tran­sit pro­pos­als in­clude re­work­ing the net­work in Rut­land, ex­pand­ing ser­vice to the air­port, and in­tro­duc­ing di­rect ser­vice to the Land­mark busi­ness and tech­nol­ogy cen­tre.

There’s also a plan, within three to five years, to build new tran­sit ex­change on Cooper Road to re­place the ex­ist­ing one in the area at Or­chard Park mall.

That’s cur­rently pro­jected to cost about $6 mil­lion.

An­other idea is to de­velop tran­sit pri­or­ity fea­tures on En­ter­prise Way and Spring­field Road.

This could in­clude such things as sig­nal lights that give pri­or­ity to buses and more com­fort­able bus stops.

The im­prove­ments, not suggested for at least five years, would cost about $6.2 mil­lion.

Courier file photo

Univer­sity stu­dents board a bus at the cam­pus in this file pic­ture from 2017. Tran­sit of­fi­cials sug­gest a new route along Academy Way to serve stu­dents liv­ing in nearby hous­ing de­vel­op­ments.

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