The District of Peachland has approved a regional transit research project as they deliberate on this year’s budget.
As one of the special projects that staff wanted early approval on, the project will see the district prioritize an intra-municipal transit system.
This means buses may eventually travel from Peachland to other cities in the Okanagan.
Peachland’s director of planning and development, Darin Schaal, mentioned that council’s strategic plan for 2021 will focus on “working with BC Transit, the members of the Kelowna regional transit system and the community to address the need for intra-municipal transit in Peachland.”
“We think the first step to addressing council’s priority here is to keep exploring the options for integrating intra-municipal transit into the community,” he said.
“As such, it’s recommended that we work with a consultant to conduct research on other small towns that were poorly serviced by transit but have recently expanded their service levels.”
Council approved the project, which will cost the district $5,000. Schaal said the research will include the identification of potential next steps to help the district determine how much improvements will cost.
Coun. Terry Condon supported the project right off the bat, calling it a, “good bargain.” Coun. Keith Fielding agreed, saying it’s not a lot of money for a research project that has a wide scope.
Mayor Cindy Fortin said she fully supported funding the project.
“It would be great if we had a way to get our residents around, reduce (times) they get in their cars,” she said.
The project will take a month to complete. The contractor, Urban Systems, will present their findings to council at a future date.