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Summerland Transit

South Okanagan and Similkameen Umo Launch

Umo is a new BC Transit fare collection system that will be launched in mid-March of 2024. The District of Summerland has two BC Transit vendors, the Aquatic Centre and Municipal Hall, where the new system will be launched and Umo cards and fares can be purchased. 

Please visit the website below to learn more about Umo and access additional information about the new fare system prior to the launch next month. 

https://www.bctransit.com/umo

Route 30 Free Transit Public Survey 

SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all those who submitted survey responses. 

On April 22 2023 the District of Summerland approved a year long free fare pilot for Summerland residents on bus Route 30 Summerland/Penticton. A public survey was open between February 2nd to 25th to collect responses from the public on the usage of the pilot program. Survey results can be expected in a future Council report from staff.  

Scheduled Bus Service

Since October 2013, Summerland has a scheduled bus service everyone can use to get around in Summerland, and to Penticton and back. Bus stops are marked with a sign and a red curb. Schedules and tickets are available at Municipal Hall.

Effective July 1, 2017 there will be a .25 increase in rates for bus trips within Summerland (handyDART now called On Request).  A pass will increase from $2.00 to $2.25 per trip.  Books of 10 can be purchased for $20.25. Tickets already purchased at the lower rate will be honoured until January 1, 2018.  Regional bus fares will remain unchanged at $4.00 per trip or 10 for $36.00.  

View the Bus Schedule (328KB PDF).
Bus Fares

For more information, please call Municipal Hall at 250-494-6451 or visit the BC Transit website.

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Summerland Free Transit

On Earth Day April 22, 2023 the District of Summerland Council has approved a year long free fare pilot for Summerland residents on bus Route 30 Summerland/Penticton. The free fare for Summerland residents on Route 30 is the first regional route in BC offering free fares to their residents. 

The pilot launching on Earth Day, April 22, 2023 ends one year later April 22, 2024. The free bus fare initiative is identified as a Council Strategic Priority, contributing to an adaptable and affordable community for Summerland residents. 

To take advantage of the free fare, Summerland residents will need to show a government issued ID (Drivers License, BC Services card), or a student ID for those 13-18 years old (children 12 years and younger already ride free!) from a Summerland school to bus drivers when using the Route 30 busses.

Please see our FAQ for commonly asked questions 

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On Request (HandyDart System)

Summerland On Requst (HandyDart system) does door-to-door service for medical and specialist appointments for seniors and those with permanent disabilities who are unable to ride the regular bus system. It operates on a space availability basis. These trips could include blood work, physio, doctor, dentist, x-rays etc. There is service within Summerland ($4.00 return) and also a service to Penticton ($8.00 return). Seating is limited and must be booked in advance by calling 1-844-442-2212 and leave a message for them to return your call if there is no answer. Tickets are sold by the bus driver and at Municipal Hall.

Taxi Saver Coupons - handyPASS

The Taxi Saver program allows seniors and people with permanent disabilities greater convenience to travel throughout Summerland region. The Taxi Saver Program provides a 50% subsidy towards the cost of taxi rides with Summerland Taxi. Eligible individuals can purchase an $80 package of Taxi Saver coupons at a cost of $40. The package can be purchased once every month and cannot exceed 12 in a year. The coupons come in denominations of $1, $2 and $5. The Taxi Saver client uses the coupons to pay the dollar meter rate of taxi fare. Please note, change is not given from coupons. A handyPASS application must be completed at Municipal Hall and approved applications can purchase tickets from the Cashier right away.

Eligibility

You are eligible for a HandyPass if you are a senior (65 years+) or if you are over 16 years old and have a physical or mental disability (medical documentation may be required). You must then fill out the HandyPass Application (name, address, Care Card # and photo ID) to receive a HandyPass card that must be shown to the taxi driver when using the coupons.

Booking a Taxi

Call Summerland Taxi at 250-494-6651 to schedule a pick up. Please tell the dispatcher that you are booking a Taxi Saver trip, and have your HandyPASS available to show the driver.