WEST KELOWNA, BC, Sept. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Faster service, new modern
stations and the latest transit technology will make taking the bus
more comfortable and reliable for RapidBus BC passengers. The RapidBus
BC service connecting West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and Kelowna
with the University of BC Okanagan (UBCO) is now in service. The
$46 million Kelowna RapidBus BC project is the backbone of a
sustainable, efficient transportation network for the region.
The 15-kilometre route represents the second phase of the RapidBus
project and includes four new transit stations and four new exchanges
designed to provide passengers with faster, more frequent public
transportation, supporting bus service every 15 minutes during peak
When completed the Kelowna RapidBus BC project will provide 30
kilometres of transit service with new signal communications technology
that enables transit operators to extend green lights at intersections
to allow them priority movement with minimal stops. Digital screens
will provide schedule information at all RapidBus stations and buses
will include visual and audio next stop announcements. Once finished,
Kelowna RapidBus project will have created more than 240 jobs, spurred
economic development in communities and will improve transportation
options for families.
The Government of Canada contributed up to $10.9 million from the Major
Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund and $6 million
from the federal Gas Tax Fund. The Government of British Columbia has
provided $23.9 million; the City of Kelowna committed $5.2 million and
West Kelowna contributed land.
RapidBus provides 30 kilometres of service between West Kelowna and the
UBC Okanagan campus.
Once complete, the Kelowna RapidBus BC project will include six new or
improved exchanges, ten new stations, branded shelters and real-time
RapidBus BC ridership has grown almost 10 per cent between downtown
Kelowna and UBCO since the service began in 2010.
Since 2009, transit ridership has risen by more than 400,000 boardings
each year. In 2013/14, BC Transit provided nearly 4.8 million
passenger trips in the Kelowna Regional Transit System.
In total, the project will receive up to $46 million in funding from
federal, provincial and local partners.
MP Ron Cannan
"Our Government is pleased to have invested in this infrastructure
project that also supports efficient, environmentally-sustainable
transportation. We remain committed to working with our partners to
improve transit services for Kelowna residents and to promote long-term
economic growth in the region."
MLA Norm Letnick
"The Province and BC Transit have been pleased to partner with West
Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and Kelowna on the completion of the
RapidBus BC project . By working together with the community and
senior governments, local elected representatives have achieved a major
goal - providing high quality transit infrastructure to serve the
region's growing population."
Mayor Doug Findlater
"West Kelowna Council was pleased to partner with the Province and BC
Transit through the contribution of land to provide this valuable
service for our residents. West Kelowna Council saw the RapidBus
project as a catalyst for development of its commercial and urban core
in Westbank Centre and Boucherie Mountain areas. "
BC Transit Executive Director, Business Development Erinn Pinkerton
"The expansion of RapidBus service will make transit more efficient and
effective and help our customers travel quickly through the Kelowna
Regional System. We have been pleased to work closely with our partners
at the District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and City of
Kelowna to grow this popular service. "
See how the federal Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to help
local governments build and revitalize their local infrastructure,
For information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
For information on the Government of British Columbia, visit www.th.gov.bc.ca/Transit_Plan
For information on BC Transit, visit www.bctransit.com/transitfuture/kelrapidbus_latestupdates.cfm
For information on the District of West Kelowna, visit www.districtofwestkelowna.ca.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Government Communications & Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
District of West Kelowna
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and
Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
for the Regions of Quebec