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New fares and routes

Chantelle Deacon

UPDATED: 4:32 p.m.

"The prices for the tickets, the monthly passes and day passes are now unified."

BC Transit along with its regional partners made the announcement Tuesday in Vernon's downtown.

"First, we are going to be expanding the bus system in Vernon by over 8,000 hours and two extra buses, which equates to about a 25 per cent increase in transit service in the North Okanagan on a day to day basis," said Matthew Boyd, planning manager, BC Transit.  

"That equates to about 40 extra transit trips per weekday."

Boyd anticipates the new changes will encourage ridership in the area.

"Anytime that we make transit investments around the province with regards to increase in service, we usually yield an increase in ridership, which helps to achieve some of those mode share goals that the North Okanagan has with regards to active transportation," he said.  

This is the first fare adjustment that has happened in the Vernon and Coldstream area since 2004, says Amanda Watson, City of Vernon, transportation manager.

"The single cash fare of $2.50 for all trips, with the exception of the number [Route] 90, in recognition of the distance between Vernon and Kelowna, that cash fare is now $5," she said.  "It's an increase for some of the routes."

"The regional routes were already $2.50. It has been a while, so we are now just bringing it into line, unifying it, simplifying it."

In November, the City of Vernon, the District of Coldstream and the Regional District of North Okanagan jointly approved changes to transit fares.


ORIGINAL: 6 a.m.

A big announcement today from BC Transit and its regional partners. 

The transit authority announced changes to the Vernon Regional Transit System.

"We are working towards a service expansion and changes in the Vernon area with the other partners in the Vernon Regional Transit System," says Jonathon Dyck from BC Transit. 

The changes will include expanded service hours and routes. The changes will come into effect April 1, 2018. 

Dyck says they will also roll out the plans for the upcoming unified transit fares and passes.

"We'll be going over those fare changes and how it will be implemented."

In November, the City of Vernon, the District of Coldstream and the Regional District of North Okanagan jointly approved changes to transit fares.

The plan is posted on the City of Vernon website. "The existing single zone and multi-zone fares will be unified into one, reducing the number of tickets and pass categories from 14 to 5."

There will be one cash fare of $2.50 for all transit services, including handyDART, with one exception, the Route #90 – UBCO, which will be $5 due to the distance between Vernon and Kelowna. 



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