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RapidBus - Expanding service in Kelowna & extending the line to the Westside

 

Construction gets underway at the new Westbank Centre Exchange.

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.

March 2014 Project Status

Building on the success of RapidBus Phase 1, BC Transit is expanding RapidBus service in Kelowna and extending it to the Westbank First Nation and District of West Kelowna.

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. Construction of the new Okanagan College and Queensway exchanges will get underway in early summer. An exchange in Pandosy Village will also be upgraded within the next year. Construction of new stations on Highway 97 at Gordon Drive and Richter Street are complete and will be put in service in April.

On the Westside, in the District of West Kelowna, the RapidBus project will create two new transit exchanges and two new stations, all with branded shelters and real-time passenger information displays. The exchanges, located at Westbank Centre and Boucherie Mountain are under construction. The new stations at Westlake Road will be built later this year. The new exchanges and station will bring improved transit service and customer amenities to West Kelowna, while boosting Westbank Centre's revitalization. Service at the new exchanges will begin on August 31st.

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 is complete, and is in service. The station at Butt Road is currently under construction. RapidBus service will begin on August 31st.

While RapidBus service on the Westside will provide faster, more frequent public transportation, it will also result in changes to existing routes. Changes being considered are available in a Service Change Plan. Public input and feedback is being sought prior to changes being made.

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.