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UBC Okanagan Global | September 1, 2022

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Kelowna Regional Transit potential service disruption

Dear faculty and staff,


As you may be aware, public transit service throughout the central Okanagan may be interrupted in the coming weeks. This is due to the ongoing labour negotiation between the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1722 and First Transit Canada, the operator of the Kelowna Regional Transit system.


Starting Friday, September 2, Kelowna Regional Transit drivers will not be wearing their uniforms. This planned job action will not impact bus services. UBCO will continue to operate business as usual as we don’t anticipate anything changing our plans to begin the school year. We are, however, actively and closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as soon as they become available.


If you use public transit for your commute, we recommend that you consider what alternative travel arrangements could look like should strike action escalate. Below are some options to consider.

  • Carpooling
  • RideShare
  • Drop-off/Pick-up
  • Biking/E-Bike share
  • Walking

All scheduled classes, labs and tutorials are anticipated to continue as normal during any transit strike action. We do not anticipate an interruption to work or study delivery. We will do our best to keep you updated through the following channels:

Updates are also available through Kelowna Regional Transit News.


We hope that a compromise between the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1722 and First Transit Canada is found soon and that transportation services for our community will not be impacted.




Marten Youssef
Associate Vice-President, University Relations
UBC Okanagan

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