Bus routes may see hours increased
Two more bus routes could have their service hours extended as a proposed new operating agreement for Kamloops Transit comes to council this week.
While council agreed to several service expansions during budget talks, a summer-service reduction (which removes Route 11 as well as 15-minute service on routes 1, 3, 7 and 9 for July and August) cut down on the number of transit hours more than expected.
That leaves the city with 700 extra hours, which transit staff want to use to expand evening service on the North Shore TRU express and Juniper Ridge routes.
Both routes were up for expansion during budget discussions, but were passed over in favour of other options.
The extra hours can also offset some of the route expansions already in place, saving the city $13,000 from its transit budget — which is set to rise by $17,000 this year under the new contract and by $115,000 in 2013.
The increase is in addition to the $125,000 budgeted for the transit expansion this year, which rises to $255,000 in 2013.
If the expansion goes through, the changes will come into effect in September.