Berry & Smith’s subsidiary company, Penticton Transit Service Ltd, has been operating since 1977, when transit service began in Penticton. Berry & Smith alone has provided transit service for the Regional District since 1994 with wheel chair accessible community buses.
Penticton Transit has a modern fleet of "low floor" transit buses which are fully handicapped-accessible, serving the residential neighbourhoods and commercial areas of Penticton.
Buses operate seven days per week with limited service on Sundays and statutory holidays (except Christmas and Family Day).
Summer. During the summer, the Sunday Lake to Lake Service expands by two extra hours of busing services. The expanded service is offered every Sunday and holiday from the last Sunday in June to Labour Day in September.
Holidays. Penticton Transit will not operate on Christmas Day or Family day. The Naramata Bus does not operate on statutory holidays or Easter Monday.
HandyDart. The HandyDart service is run by the Penticton & District Community Resources Society. For information on the HandyDart Service, please click here (http://www.pdcrs.com/page.asp?PageID=30)
Bike Racks. All accessible Penticton Transit buses and the Naramata bus are equipped with racks that can carry up to two bikes at a time. Bike racks are designed to assist longer commutes. Instructions on how to use the racks are posted on the bike racks. Bike racks on the Naramata bus can only be used during daylight hours as bikes can block the headlights.
Bus Seating Priority. Public transit serves everyone on a first to board basis. We extend a special thank you to our customers who give up their seats for people with disabilities or mobility challenges. The following seating priority meets the needs of transit customers:
- Customers who use wheelchairs, scooters, pediatric strollers or other mobility aids
- The elderly, and customers with a disability or mobility issue
- Customers with baby strollers
Strollers on Board. The parent or guardian is required to hold onto the stroller during the trip. Strollers must be kept clear of the aisles. The aisle is considered to be the width of the distance between the normal seats, not the width of the accessible area. Strollers should be collapsible. When wheelchair positions are occupied or required by another customer, the customer should be able to fold the stroller, move to another seat and store the stroller in front of a seat. When space is available, the child can remain in the stroller. Position the stroller in an unoccupied wheelchair location. The stroller’s brakes should be set, but the restraining straps are not required.
Be Seen Be Safe. When it is dark, it is difficult to see people at bus stops, especially along unlit roads. Please take safety precautions by wearing light-coloured or reflective clothing, and by carrying a flashlight.
Transfer Policies. A transfer allows travel on Penticton Transit in any direction. Request a transfer when you board and pay your fare. Show your transfer to the driver, face up, with time showing. Expiry time is final. Transfers are not valid on the #10 Naramata bus service.