New Glenmore bus routes

New transit routes will be introduced in September, connecting Glenmore and UBC Okanagan with downtown Kelowna and Orchard Park.

The routes will coincide with the expected completion of John Hindle Drive at the end of July.

Council has approved a transit plan for the Glenmore-UBCO area, which includes an enhanced version of the second of three options presented to the public in October.

"I am really pleased ... all the benefits they were looking for ... came together in the enhanced plan. You achieved a win-win with that solution," praised Coun. Gail Given.

New routing scheduled to begin in September includes:

  • Route 6. Originates from downtown as it does today. Service frequency is increased over today, providing all day and some weekend service. Introductory summer service would be  added to the route for the first time.
  • A new local route, the No. 18 Glenmore-downtown. It would follow the current routing of the downtown leg of Route 7. Combined with Route 6, it would provide as frequent a service as is provided today.
  • New local route, the 19 Glenmore-Orchard Park. It would follow the routing of the current midtown leg of Route 7, providing slightly less frequency than is in place between Glenmore and midtown today.
  • Route 4. It would be restructured to provide service to the west extent of Sexsmith Road, and up and over Academy Way, serving this growing student housing hub.

"Collectively, these routes would retain a similar level of population and employment within reach of transit services, while including more students in the overall catchment," said transit service co-ordinator Mike Kittmer.

"Preliminary costing by BC Transit indicates the Glenmore-midtown service package will require about 2,000 to 3,000 service hours annually. Final service hour requirements will be confirmed after detailed schedules are developed in the coming months."

Kittmer says the remaining service hours would be used to maintain a high quality of service on the remainder of the transit network, particularly on core transit routes.

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