Bus Stops are an essential aspect of BC Transit’s service. They are the access point for all residents to our service. Bus stops are where transit customers and transit vehicles meet and interact.

Safety is a core value of BC Transit and is key whenever designing a bus stop for our customers or vehicles. Specific attributes of the stop locations are necessary in providing a safe and secure location for customers and our transit vehicle dimensions.

  • Barrier-free bus stops where customers can easily and safely access pathways, crosswalks, sidewalks with curb ramps for accessibility.
  • A safe waiting environment with adequate lighting
  • Landing pad for customers to board and alight the vehicle.
  • Shelter and bench to provide a comfortable waiting environment.
  • Bus stops should be located after a crosswalk or an intersection.
  • Sight distances should be achieved for motorists approaching the bus stop as well as transit customers crossing the road from the bus stop.
  • An appropriate bus stop sign pole.
  • A red painted curb to identify the bus stop as a no stopping area for other motorists.

BC Transit offers a variety of bus stops that may have a shelter, a bench or simply a bus stop signage or pole.

  • Bus Stop Number,
  • Bus Stop Name,
  • Bus Route Name & Number,
  • Frequency Indicator (Rapid, Limited Stops, Frequent and Local, Accessibility Indicator)
  • BC Transit Website/Info.


It is important to consider the collective needs of the entire community, including persons with any form of disability or special need. The accessible stop designation includes the wheelchair symbol on the bus stop sign.


BC Transit has a comprehensive guideline that describes good transit planning and design practice for transit infrastructure.

For more details, Local Government Partners and Developers can refer to