Regional Transit System

How Regional Transit Systems are Funded

BC Transit Regional Budget 2018-2019

Funding

Transit service is funded through three main sources: provincial contributions, local government contributions and passenger fares.

The total cost to run the regional transit systems last fiscal was $187.7 million. Funding for the system came from transit fares (operations) ($31.9 million or 17.0 percent), BC Bus Pass ($5.1 million or 2.7 percent), provincial funding (transfers) ($94.8 million or 50.5 percent), provincial health authorities ($1.2 million or 0.6 percent), local government property taxes (transfers) ($54.0 million or 28.8 percent), and bus advertising ($0.7 million or 0.4 percent).

By the Numbers

(2018/2019 Fiscal Year End Actuals)

Total ridership: 30.1 million total trips
Total fleet: 728 (312 heavy duty, 144 medium duty, 272 light duty)
Total service hours for conventional service: 1,071,000 hours
Total service hours for custom/paratransit service: 391,000 hours

Regional Transit Overall Year End Performance (conventional)

Compared to similar sized systems across the country, Regional Transit Systems had:

  • 27 percent more conventional passengers per capita
  • 25 percent more passengers per hour
  • 11 percent lower cost per total service hour
  • 31 percent lower operating cost per passenger

Regional Transit System Comparison to Industry Benchmarks

Regional Transit Systems conventional service compares well to similar systems in the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA, 2017) Population Group 4 (service area population 50,000 - 150,000).

Kelowna Regional Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 5,676,825

Costs and Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $25.3M.
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($7.0M or 27.6 percent), provincial funding ($12.5M or 49.5 percent), property taxes ($5.6M or 22.0 percent), and bus advertising ($0.2M or 0.9 percent).

Kamloops Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 4,002,220

Costs & Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $15.9M.
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($4.3M or 26.9 percent), provincial funding ($7.5M or 47.3 percent), property taxes ($4.0M or 25.2 percent), and bus advertising ($0.1M or 0.6 percent).

Whistler Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 3,088,317

Costs and Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $12.1M.
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($2.7M or 21.9 percent), provincial funding ($6.0M or 49.6 percent), property taxes ($3.4M or 28.3 percent), and bus advertising ($0.02M or 0.2 percent)

Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 3,387,038

Costs & Funding:The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $15.0M (municipally run transit system, information only reflects those costs included in the Annual Operating Agreement).
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($4.7M or 31.6 percent), provincial funding ($6.8M or 45.0 percent), property taxes ($3.4M or 22.9 percent), and bus advertising ($0.1M or 0.5 percent).

Central Fraser Valley Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 2,801,711
Costs and Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $14.5M.
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($3.4M or 23.2 percent), provincial funding ($6.8M or 46.9 percent), property taxes ($4.3M or 29.6 percent), and bus advertising ($0.04M or 0.3 percent).

Prince George Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 2,224,501
Costs and Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $9.3M.
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($2.3M or 24.2 percent), provincial funding ($4.3M or 46.2 percent), property taxes ($2.7M or 29.3 percent), and bus advertising ($0.03M or 0.3 percent).