RapidBus - Expanding service in Kelowna & extending the line to the Westside
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.
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.
Work began last fall on transit improvements that are part of the City of Kelowna's revitalization program for Rutland, and consultations and public meetings are underway on the Okanagan College exchange. In addition to an improved exchange in Rutland and at Okanagan College, exchanges will be upgraded at Queensway and Pandosy Village over the next two years.
On the Westside, in the District of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation, the RapidBus project will create two new transit exchanges, four new RapidBus stations, 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. A consultation on the location of these two exchanges was done in January last year. Design is underway and will be shared at a series of open houses the first week of April. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.
Visit Kelowna RapidBus for more information.
Open houses for the new Westbank Centre and Boucherie Mountain exchanges in West Kelowna got kicked off at a ceremony attended by West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater (left), MLA Ben Stewart (centre) and BC Transit's COO and vice-president Mike Davis (right). The ceremony was emceed by Mount Boucherie Secondary School student Ty Nelson.