Plans to schedule regular transit service between Penticton and Kelowna will be on the table August 16 for Osoyoos and area residents to review.
The service, identified as a top priority in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s Transit Future Plan, is the subject of a current Alternative Approval Process — a form of approval that allows electors to indicate whether they are against a local government proposal moving forward without the costly provision of a referendum.
The Regional District expects to subsidize the service at an annual cost of $250,000, that cost to be borne by all ratepayers living within its boundaries.
Users would also pay a fee to ride the bus, which is expected to travel between Penticton and Kelowna twice a day Monday to Friday and tie into existing services, including a bus ride from Osoyoos.
The Osoyoos information session — scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town of Osoyoos office this Thursday — is one of three open houses to be held this week.
Regional District staff will also be at the Regional District’s Penticton office between 8:30 and noon on August 15 (Wednesday) and at the Village of Keremeos office between 2 and 4 p.m. later that day.
As a ratepayer, if you support the adoption of the associated service bylaw, no action is required. However, to register an objection, you must sign an Elector Response Form and submit it (with original signature) to the Regional District office before 4:30 pm on August 31.
If 10% percent (6,516) of the qualified electors object to the adoption of the bylaw, the RDOS Board of Directors cannot adopt the bylaw without going to referendum.