Bus service to Penticton upgrading to five days a week

Starting next month, transit users in Osoyoos and Oliver will be able to take the bus to Penticton five days a week, thanks to the addition of a new day of service.

BC Transit has added Friday to its existing Route 40 Tuesday through Thursday schedule, which has the first bus leaving Osoyoos at 7:30 a.m.

Monday, transit users can hop aboard the Route 90 bus, which mirrors Route 40. Mondays, a health connections service takes passengers to medical appointments as far away as Kelowna.

The Friday addition begins the week of Sept. 5.

The one-way fare between Osoyoos and Penticton is $4. A day pass, allowing unlimited use for the 24-hour period, is $8. Other fare options are available.

The service expansion is possible in part thanks to funding from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, BC Transit said. It comes in response to public feedback and consultations, and is part of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Transit Future Plan.

For more information, routes and service alerts in the South Okanagan Similkameen Transit System, please visit https://bctransit.com/south-okanagan-similkameen.

BC Transit works in partnership with 59 local governments and provides services to 130 communities. In most communities, the local BC Transit service is provided through a partnership between BC Transit, local government and a contracted transit operating company.