Fewer buses in plan

Greyhound looks to halve number of buses in region


Greyhound is planning cuts to its service between Kelowna and Penticton.

“There is not enough ridership to support the amount of service that’s out there,” said Grant Odsen, Greyhound’s regional manager of passenger service for British Columbia.

At present, Greyhound offers four buses each direction each day.

The 12:15 p.m. bus from Penticton to Kelowna averages just 3.9 passengers each trip, far short of the bus’s capacity of 54 passengers.

The highest passenger load, on the 10:15 a.m. bus from Kelowna to Penticton, is an average of 11.8 passengers.

“It’s been that way for quite some time,” Odsen said.

Greyhound’s proposed changes would reduce the number of buses to two each day in each direction.

From Kelowna, buses would leave at 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. while Penticton buses would leave at 7:30 and 10 a.m.

Odsen said the details of the schedule have not yet been finalized.

“It’s difficult to forecast what the schedule will look like,” he said.

Before the bus changes are approved, the bus line needs approval from the Passenger Transportation Board.

Mayor Janice Perrino said Summerland needs the service, especially since a regional transit is not yet in place.

“This is not a time to be cutting service when we don’t have B.C. Transit,” she said. “Until we have the transit service in place, don’t reduce our services now.”

The municipality has been speaking with B.C. Transit about getting a regional service, but so far the service is not in place.

“Until we get transit, we’re not going to have enough freedom of movement,” said Coun. Peter Waterman. “This cut puts Summerland in more of a straightjacket than it already is in.”

Coun. Orv Robson said bus transportation is not yet popular within the community.

“There’s got to be a whole mindset change before people start using public transportation,” he said.

Municipal council will write a letter to Greyhound, urging the bus line to leave the service as it is.


Just Posted

Reel Reviews: The Wakanda Way

We say, “Black Panther is too shallow to be deep, too disposable to be important.”

Medical foundation closing in on goal with lots of help

Coming right on the heels of the 2018 Scotties women’s curling championships… Continue reading

Robinson Crusoe+Friday sails into Penticton

Children’s Showcase presents Axis Theatre’s take on the classic tale

Heavy snowfall for Coquihalla

Kelowna - Snowfall is expected to continue on the highway until Sunday

Summerland senior constructs intricate Lego models

Chris van Haastregt’s love of Lego began 10 years ago and since then he has assembled numerous models

The 2018 B.C. Games wrap up in Kamloops

The B.C. Winter Games comes to a close after a weekend of fun and excitment

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Street Sounds: Glossy ear candy meets deep roots

MGMT’s new drop, Little Dark Age, delves deeper song by song.

Naval ship spills 30,000 litres of fuel in the Strait of Georgia

HMCS Calgary spilled fuel east of Nanaimo and Parksville on Saturday

Changing the picture of family medical care

Efforts ongoing to recruit family physicians for the South Okanagan Similkameen

Penticton Vees drop regular season finale in overtime

Vees end the season with 5-4 loss to Silverbacks

Book Talk: Praise for the novella

It’s too long for a short story and too short for a novel, but the novella is gaining in popularity

B.C. boosts support for former youth in government care

More support coming for rent, child care and health care while they go back to school

Luna Fest issues callout for artist submissions

Festival’s art installations transform downtown Revelstoke in the fall

Most Read