RapidBus - Expanding service in Kelowna & extending the line to the Westside
Kelowna’s new Rutland Transit Exchange gets unveiled by (from left to right): Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan and BC Transit Vice-President and COO Mike Davis. The Rutland Transit Exchange is part of the frequent transit network feeding into Kelowna’s RapidBus service.
RapidBus improves travel time, reliability, passenger comfort and convenience. It features fast, direct service through modern, attractive amenities.
Buses are equipped with technology that extends green lights at intersections, giving buses priority over regular traffic -- commonly referred to as traffic signal priority.
RapidBus shelters have an open contemporary design, and stations are designed for quick boarding through raised platforms at the bus stops.
Phase I of the RapidBus project established service between the UBC Okanagan campus and downtown Queensway. Since implementation, there's been a 10% increase in bus use in Kelowna overall and a 9% increase on the RapidBus route.
November 2013 Project Status
Building on the success of RapidBus Phase 1, BC Transit is expanding RapidBus service in Kelowna and extending it to the District of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation.
In Kelowna, this next phase of the RapidBus project will result in four improved exchanges, five new RapidBus stations, branded shelters and real-time passenger information displays. Transit improvements that are part of the City of Kelowna's revitalization program for Rutland are complete and the new exchange is in service. Design work on the new Okanagan College exchange is near done. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2014. Exchanges at Queensway and Pandosy Village will also be upgraded over the next two years. Construction of new stations on Highway 97 at Gordon Drive and Richter Street are underway.
On the Westside, in the District of West Kelowna, the RapidBus project will create two new transit exchanges with branded shelters, and real-time passenger information displays. The exchanges, located at Westbank Centre and Boucherie Mountain, will bring improved transit service and customer amenities to West Kelowna, while boosting Westbank Centre's revitalization. Construction of the West Kelowna exchanges will get underway in early 2014 with service scheduled to begin next September.
In the Westbank First Nation, four new RapidBus stations with branded shelters and real-time passenger information displays will be built. The stations are located at Westside Road as part of the new interchange, and at Butt Road on opposite sides of Highway 97. Construction of the Westside Road station will be done this fall, with RapidBus scheduled to start by mid-2014.
For further information, visit Kelowna RapidBus
Construction on the Westside got underway with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the Butt Road station in the Westbank First Nation. The participating dignitaries were (from left to right): West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater, Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas, Premier Christy Clark, Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie, Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone and BC Transit president and CEO Manuel Achadinha.