Rider Express, one of the companies which started offering inter-city bus service in B.C. when Greyhound pulled out of Western Canada in late 2018, is looking to expand their offering into the South Okanagan.
The company already runs a route from the Alberta border to Vancouver, serving communities along the Trans-Canada Highway. The addition they have proposed would see a route going south from Salmon Arm stopping in Enderby, Armstrong, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton, before returning the same way.
The Penticton stop is expected to be seasonal, operating from April 1 to Sept. 30 at a minimum.
The application for the added route is before the Passenger Transportation Board. Submissions commenting on the additional route will be accepted until Dec. 21.
Ebus, another inter-city bus carrier, offers service between Kamloops and the lower mainland with a southerly route serving Vernon, Kelowna and West Kelowna but not Penticton.