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Shuttle Bus Between Osoyoos and Kelowna Airport Almost a Reality

9/19/2013

A potential shuttle bus service between Osoyoos and Kelowna International Airport has taken a big step forward. 

South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Transportation Chair Robert Linttell says a lot of research has been done and it was agreed on at a recent meeting that the ground transportation near Osoyoos is inadequate right now.

"Greyhound makes a daily run, but it takes approximately four and a half hours and two transfers from Osoyoos to Kelowna's airport. Likewise, the B.C. Transit Bus only runs on Mondays, so we've concluded that it certainly makes sense to try to improve on the service," says Linttell.

The goal is to have the proposed bus operating by the spring of 2014. Details such as user fees and an exact schedule have not been determined yet, but Linttell says the bus would make plenty of stops, including at Penticton's airport.

"With the intention of stopping in each of the communities along the way, it becomes a main anchor service that would run daily and would hopefully serve the majority of people trying to get to those communities and/or airports."

Linttell also adds that the bus service would be privately funded. A working committee has been formed to work with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association in the preparation of a summary report to form the basis of a request for proposal, which will then be distributed to industry for response. The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce has stated that it is committed to working with all parties to ensure the project is successfully completed.

 

Adam Graham - Osoyoos

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