As a parent of a child who lives in Summerland, but attends a Penticton School, I have eagerly awaited details of the much touted new transit plans, allegedly designed to meet the needs of students.
Imagine then my amazement on talking to the team at the Summerland Fall Fair, who were unaware that this target audience even existed – they were under the impression that all children who lived in Summerland had to attend a Summerland school.
There are a number of parents who are forced to drive to Penticton and back twice a day – journeys that could be avoided with a carefully thought-out transit plan.
I understand that the proposed route stops at the college and then runs along Conklin Avenue, before joining Main Street at Penticton Plaza.
Was no consideration given to the route turning up Fairview Road, stopping outside the library to allow KVR and Pen High students to disembark, and then proceeding down Main Street? This route would then actually meet the needs of students.
There are a number of parents in my situation, who were looking forward to having a viable option to driving – the plan proposed by B.C. Transit falls far short of expectations.