Moving Forward with Technology

BC Transit is committed to continuously enhancing your experience as a rider. As part of this endeavour, we are moving forward with the installation and development of technology initiatives to improve efficiency, increase security and put you in control of your BC Transit experience.

Funding for this project is coming from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), which was announced in June 2016 by the federal and provincial governments.

NextRide Real Time Information

NextRide is BC Transit’s technology service where riders can use smart mobile devices and desktop services to see the real-time location of their bus along its route and its predicted arrival time at an identified stop, as well as calling out stops on bus both visually and audibly.   

Customers wanting to plan their trip are encouraged to use trip planning apps including the Transit App (mobile only), Google Maps, their own favourite trip planning app or refer to the rider’s guide. BC Transit’s website helps guide you to some of these tools.

BC Transit now offers riders free subscriptions to Transit Royale within the Transit App, which provides a wider geographical range for real-time bus tracking, a view of the full transit schedule instead of just short-term departures and fun, interactive features to make the transit journey more enjoyable. We think you’ll love these features!

NextRide technology also helps BC Transit and its partners to better direct buses for schedule reliability, manage on-road incidents more effectively and to push out alerts more readily to customers in the case of detours, accidents or other events that may delay regular routing.  

NextRide technology is available in 42 transit systems.  Work is underway to introduce NextRide to all our transit systems throughout the province in 2024.

More information about NextRide can be found here.

APC – Automatic Passenger Counting

BC Transit is refitting 283 conventional route buses in 13 communities with Automatic Passenger Counters (APC).  Data gathered from the APCs will allow BC Transit and its partners to assess ridership demands throughout the province, making it possible to better plan our routes and to adjust service hours from low demand routes to higher demand areas.

The communities selected for this retrofit project are Victoria, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson, Penticton, Vernon, Prince George, Sunshine Coast and Whistler. Installation is expected to be complete by the end of December 2018.

All new buses will have the APC units factory installed by the bus manufacturer prior to delivery. More information can be found here.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras

BC Transit is installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on buses across the province. The CCTV cameras help deter inappropriate behavior on buses and provide another tool for investigation if an incident occurs.

Video and audio recording equipment is being installed on 376 conventional buses (27 feet and longer) in the current fleet, acquired in 2006 and later. All new medium-duty and heavy-duty conventional buses will have the equipment ready-installed upon delivery.

The installation of the CCTV cameras follows a proof-of-concept period in Victoria and Kamloops in 2015-16. The proof-of-concept showed that the cameras provide a positive benefit to enhance security and safety including evidence to ensure successful conclusions for security investigations.

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BC Transit will install video and audio recording equipment, known as closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, on 376 conventional buses (27 feet and longer) in the existing fleet, acquired in 2006 and later.

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