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Types of Transit Systems


BC Transit’s systems are as diverse as our province and include a range of service types.

Conventional Transit

Conventional transit serves the general population in more urban settings and offers scheduled bus service that operates on fixed routes. Most vehicles are accessible and range in size from minibuses to double-deck buses in order to best match ridership and community needs. Recent conventional transit innovations have ranged from Community Bus to Bus Rapid Transit.

Custom Transit

Custom transit employs vans, minibuses and taxis for dial-a-ride, and door-to-door handyDART service for passengers with disabilities who cannot use conventional transit. Contracted taxi supplement and taxi saver (discounted coupon) programs complement these services.


Paratransit serves small town, rural, and Aboriginal communities as well as some suburban areas using minibuses, taxis, and vans for flexible routing and schedules.