Deal to start up South Okanagan shuttle service expected by the end of the week
The committee working to establish a shuttle service across the South Okanagan stretching from Kelowna International Airport to Osoyoos is expected to release details about the service by the end of this week.
Robert Linttell, the transportation chair with the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce who has been the driving force behind establishing the South Okanagan shuttle service, said the committee that has been working on this project for more than a year is expecting to issue a press release with full details about the shuttle service on Friday.
“We’re hoping to have a positive announcement on a number of things relating to the service in a news release we’re hoping to release on July 11,” said Linttell. “Until those details are formally announced, I can’t comment any more as we’re in final late stages of negotiations.”
The South Okanagan shuttle service was originally scheduled to start offering daily bus service between Osoyoos and the Kelowna airport – with stops in every community along the way, including downtown Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Penticton, Okanagan Falls and Oliver – starting June 1.
When contacted two weeks ago, Linttell said he didn’t want to comment except to say that a service provider who could provide all of the services required in the original Requests for Proposal was close to finalizing an agreement.
Besides confirming a deal is close and service provider has been identified, Linttell said there wasn’t much more information he could divulge before the issuance of the pending news release on Friday.
“As a committee, we’re extremely pleased with the recent progress on this service and we do have a service provider selected,” he said. “We’re very close to an agreement and a deal with sponsors that are most encouraging … all of those details will be unveiled within the press release we are hoping to release on July 11.”
It has been rumoured that a major Canadian airline company is involved in the shuttle service, but Linttell would not comment on those rumours.
While there are other bus serves in the South Okanagan, this would be the only daily service.