Transit and RapiBus Service is provided to City of West Kelowna residents in cooperation with BC Transit and other local governments. Terms of the service are covered under an Annual Operating Agreement, which includes conventional transit, HandiDart and Community Bus.
Buses are operated by First Group Inc. on behalf of the funding partners.
Planning & Operations
Funding for West Kelowna's Transit System is cost shared between the City of West Kelowna and the Government of British Columbia. The City of West Kelowna works with BC Transit to establish and review routes and levels of service and makes recommendations for Council's consideration for approval.
West Kelowna's system is one component of the larger Kelowna Regional Transit System, which also includes service in the City of Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, Regional District of Central Okanagan and Westbank First Nation.
Phases 2 and 3 of the RapidBus initiative will include expansion into West Kelowna with anticipated completion in mid-July 2014. RapidBus will provide express service, along Highway 97, from Westbank Centre to UBC Okanagan.
Two transit exchanges would be considered in Westbank Centre and Boucherie Centre. The West Kelowna system would connect into the Phase 1 system in Kelowna with stops at:
Queensway in downtown Kelowna
Spall, adjacent to Landmark Centre and Parkinson Recreation Centre
Cooper, adjacent to Orchard Park Shopping Centre
Leckie, adjacent to Central Park Shopping Centre
McCurdy, adjacent to McCurdy Corner Shopping Centre
UBC Okanagan campus
The Kelowna Regional Transit System is committed to the reduction of greenhouse gases. The system was the first in the nation to use Hybrid Electric Buses. The system also uses double decker buses on higher volume routes, alleviating the need to run additional vehicles back to back on the same route.
Kelowna Regional Transit buses are also equipped with bike racks allowing users to combine modes of transportation.
For specific trip concerns, lost and found and employment opportunities, email Dave Gaze or call 250-860-8121.