Transit exchange opens in Rutland
Oct 2, 2013 / 1:49 pm
The new Rutland Transit Exchange was officially opened this week, and along with three new Vicinity buses, will form part of the frequent transit network.
This will provide commuters with direct access to the RapidBus service, which offers service every 15 minutes, and even more frequently during peak hours.
"Investments in public transit will keep Kelowna's residents and visitors moving, contribute to productivity, and reduce the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions across the region," says Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan.
"Our government is proud to invest in infrastructure projects, such as the Rutland Exchange, as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada."
In addition to the new exchange being part of Kelowna’s revitalization program for the Rutland area, the RapidBus service (expected to be completed next summer) will provide 30 kilometres of service between UBCO and West Kelowna. This is expected to save transit users approximately 20 minutes of travel time.
"This project is the first major component in the revitalization of the Rutland Town Centre," says Mayor Walter Gray.
"The Rutland Transit Exchange and associated roadway and pedestrian improvements have made a tremendous improvement for the Rutland community, residents and businesses."
The three new environmentally friendly buses that are also beginning service this week will proved long-term fuel and maintenance savings for comminutes, while improving access to people with mobility challenges.
Kelowna is one of six communities in the province to receive these buses.
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