RapidBus - Expanding service in Kelowna & extending the line to the Westside
RapidBus improves travel time, reliability, passenger comfort and convenience. It features fast, direct service through modern, attractive amenities.
Buses are equipped with technology that extends green lights at intersections, giving buses priority over regular traffic -- commonly referred to as traffic signal priority.
RapidBus shelters have an open contemporary design, and stations are designed for quick boarding through raised platforms at the bus stops.
Phase I of the RapidBus project established service between the UBC Okanagan campus and downtown Queensway. Since implementation, there's been a 10% increase in bus use in Kelowna overall and a 9% increase on the RapidBus route.
August 2014 Project Status
Building on the success of RapidBus Phase 1, BC Transit is expanding RapidBus service in Kelowna and extending it to the Westbank First Nation and District of West Kelowna.
In Kelowna,this next phase of the RapidBus project will result in four improved exchanges, five new RapidBus stations, branded shelters and real-time passenger information displays. Transit improvements that are part of the City of Kelowna's revitalization program for Rutland are complete and the new exchange is in service. Construction of the new Okanagan College and Queensway exchanges are underway. An exchange in Pandosy Village will also be upgraded within the year. Construction of new stations on Highway 97 at Gordon Drive and Richter Street are complete and have gone into service.
On theWestside, in the District of West Kelowna, the RapidBus project will create two new transit exchanges and two new stations, all with branded shelters and real-time passenger information displays. The exchanges, located at Westbank Centre and Boucherie Mountain are just about complete. The new stations at Westlake Road will be built this fall. The new exchanges and stations will bring improved transit service and customer amenities to West Kelowna, while boosting Westbank Centre's revitalization.Service at the new exchanges will begin on August 31st.
In the Westbank First Nation, four new RapidBus stations with branded shelters and real-time passenger information displays have been built. The stations are located at Westside Road as part of the new interchange, and at Butt Road on opposite sides of Highway 97. Construction of the Westside Road station is complete, and is in service. The stations at Butt Road are complete and will go into service on August 31st.
While RapidBus service on the Westside will provide faster, more frequent public transportation, it will also result in changes to existing routes. Public input and feedback has been sought through information sessions, open houses and an online survey on proposed schedules. The results of that consultation are available, and have been used to set the schedule that will go into effect on August 31st. Information on the service changes coming this fall are available here.
For further information, visit Kelowna RapidBus
Construction on the Westside got underway with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the Butt Road station in the Westbank First Nation. The participating dignitaries were (from left to right): West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater, Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas, Premier Christy Clark, Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie, Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone and BC Transit president and CEO Manuel Achadinha.