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April 11, 2012

BC TRANSIT CELEBRATES A FRESH START IN VERNON WITH A NEW EXCHANGE PLUS MORE EVENING SERVICE

VERNON – On April 20, 2012 BC Transit and the City of Vernon will officially unveil a new transit exchange at 31st Avenue and 30th Street – a pivotal hub by which all bus routes will now flow through. The new exchange, with six shelters, is among the many improvements coming to Vernon Regional transit service by the end of this month that include more evening runs.

BC Transit will expand evening service on most routes. Holiday service will be added in Vernon for Canada Day and Remembrance Day.

The new service hours begin April 29th. BC Transit drivers, contracted through First Canada ULC, will volunteer on that first day to help their riders best navigate the new routes. Drivers will also attend the April 20th celebration with advance copies of the new Vernon rider’s guide.

BC Transit has asked students at Vernon Christian School to write or draw “what BC Transit means to me.” Three winners will be revealed by Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster, Vernon Mayor Robert Sawatzky and BC Transit President & CEO Manuel Achadinha. The winning submissions with either be on display in one of our new shelters or be featured on BC Transit’s next Vernon rider’s guide.

“Our city is growing rapidly and the new exchange will provide a greater convenience to transit riders, “said Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster. “The expanded service is a welcome addition to a service that is making transit a much more attractive alternative than hopping behind the wheel of a car.”

“The City of Vernon is pleased to be fulfilling the top priority of Vernon residents identified in the 2008 Official Community Plan by funding expansion to Transit. Today we celebrate both the opening of the new downtown exchange and the expansion of service into the evenings helping the residents and visitors access the shops, businesses and recreation facilities in Vernon,” said Vernon Mayor Robert Sawatzky.

“BC Transit is responding to the needs of the City of Vernon and our customers who want more service hours,” said BC Transit President & CEO Manuel Achadinha. “The dedicated men and women who drive BC Transit buses will be volunteering to ensure the transition to the new exchange and the expanded service is as smooth as possible.”

Announcement Highlights:

  • April 20, 2012 at 11 am BC Transit & City of Vernon unveil new downtown exchange (31st Ave and 30th Street)
  • Extra service hours in the evening
  • Holiday service hours on Canada Day & Remembrance Day

More information on the Vernon Regional Transit System can be found at www.bctransit.com