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Transit testing new bus

Transit riders on three smaller routes within the Kelowna Regional Transit System are getting a new mode of transportation.

BC Transit and New Flyer Industries Canada are testing a new medium-duty, 35 foot New Flyer MiDi bus.

The test bus will be in service on the #15 Crawford, #16 Kettle Valley and #17 Southridge routes until April 13.

The demonstration bus has two doors and the capacity to seat 32 passengers with 3 more standees.

"Transit use in Kelowna continues to grow as people recognize the benefit of taking the bus to school, work and other travel destinations," says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA, Norm Letnick.

"BC transit strives to meet the public's expectations for efficient, comfortable bus service by testing new vehicles to see if they meet the needs of our region."

The current 76-bus Kelowna Transit fleet includes 55 conventional size buses, seven double-deckers and 14 smaller buses.

"BC Transit is always looking at innovative technologies, including new vehicle configurations, that will allow us to better serve our customers across British Columbia, says BC Transit President and CEO, Manuel Achadinha.

"We welcome the opportunity to test the New Flyer MiDi."

The company says the demonstration project will provide both New Flyer and BC Transit with information on the operating performance of the vehicle.

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