Transit Future in South Okanagan-Similkameen

Transit Future Action Plan in the South Okanagan-Similkameen

In 2015, the South Okanagan Transit Future Plan (TFP) was completed and adopted by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. Many of the priorities in that plan are now complete, and BC Transit and its local government partners have updated the plan by incorporating the community’s vision for the South Okanagan-Similkameen Transit System.
It is important that the South Okanagan-Similkameen’s transit priorities are frequently re-evaluated to guide transit service decision-making over the next five years and beyond.
In order to update these priorities, BC Transit and its local government partners have created a Transit Future Action Plan (TFAP) as a refresh to the 2015 TFP.
This plan includes short, medium and longer term priorities that will help the South Okanagan-Similkameen Transit System to continue growing and serving the needs of the community. Priorities in the plan include:
  • Introduction of local service in Oliver, and the expansion of existing local service in Osoyoos
  • Additional weekday service on route 40/Osoyoos Penticton
  • Friday and Saturday evening service on route 10 Naramata/Penticton
  • Sunday service on route 70 Kelowna/Penticton
  • Introduction of local service in Princeton

What is Transit Future?

Transit Future is all about you, your transit system and your community. Developed with your input, these plans outline what your transit system will look like in the future. Depending on the community and its specific needs, a plan can take a variety of different forms.
Learn more about the different types of Transit Future Plans here. By being part of the development of a Transit Future Plan, you are helping to improve transit for yourself and for your entire community. So get involved, share your input, and be a part of shaping your transit system now and for the generation to come.

Why do we need Transit Future?

Transit Future guides transit investment that is supportive of livable communities, through:
  • Offering more transportation choice
  • Supporting smart land use plans that focus on walking, cycling and transit
  • Meeting climate change goals
  • Making it easy to access everyday services on foot, by bike and by transit

Help us Plan Your Future

Population and traffic growth means we need to shift our focus from moving cars to moving people. To minimize the high economic, environmental and social costs of traffic congestion and road expansion, we must move people more efficiently. Transportation should take us where we want to go, when we want to go there. To create an efficient system, we need your input.

How was the Community Involved?

All stages of the creation and implementation of the Transit Future Action Plan provided opportunities to get involved.
Engagement was carried out in 2021 and 2022, and consisted of multiple phases. In Phase 1, key stakeholder workshops and on-board intercept surveys were conducted. Phase 2 consisted of an online survey and in-person open houses. For Phase 3, additional targeted online engagement was carried out, with feedback sought on specific service proposals.
As we move forward with implementing priorities in the Transit Future Action Plan, there will be additional opportunities to be involved in the process.

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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.

Okanagan-Similkameen Transit Future Plan

Get involved and learn more about the Okanagan-Similkameen Transit Future Plan!