Regional Transit System

How Regional Transit Systems are Funded

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Funding

Transit service is funded through three main sources: provincial contributions, local government contributions and passenger fares.

The total cost to run the regional transit systems last fiscal was $168.8 million. Funding for the system came from transit fares (operations) ($28.9 million or 17.0 percent), BC Bus Pass ($4.6 million or 2.7 percent), provincial funding (transfers) ($87.1 million or 51.6 percent), provincial health authorities ($1.1 million or 0.7 percent), local government property taxes (transfers) ($45.8 million or 27.7 percent), and other revenue including bus advertising ($0.3 million or 0.2 percent).

By the Numbers

(2016/2017 Fiscal Year End Actuals)

Total ridership: 26.8 million total trips
Total fleet: 724 (301 heavy duty, 7 high capacity, 108 medium duty, 308 light duty)
Total service hours for conventional service: 992,000 hours
Total service hours for custom/paratransit service: 371,000 hours

Regional Transit Overall Year End Performance (conventional)

Compared to similar sized systems across the country, Regional Transit Systems had:

  • 95.3 percent more conventional passengers per capita
  • 7.4 percent more passengers per hour
  • 3 percent lower cost per total service hour
  • 9.6 percent lower operating cost per passenger

 

Regional Transit System Comparison to Industry Benchmarks

Regional Transit Systems conventional service compares well to similar systems in the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA, 2015) Population Group 4 (service area population 50,000 - 150,000).

 

Kelowna Regional Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 4,925,689

Costs and Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $23.10M.
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($6.22M or 26.9 percent), provincial funding ($10.82M or 46.8 percent), property taxes ($5.82M or 25.2 percent), and bus advertising ($0.24M or 1.0 percent).

Kamloops Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 3,422,681

Costs & Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $14.84M.
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($3.75M or 25.3 percent), provincial funding ($6.93M or 46.7 percent), property taxes ($4.07M or 27.4 percent), and bus advertising ($0.09M or 0.6 percent).

Whistler Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 2,789,836

Costs and Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $11.65M.
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($2.86M or 24.5 percent), provincial funding ($5.50M or 47.2 percent), property taxes ($3.26M or 28.0 percent), and bus advertising ($0.03M or 0.3 percent)

Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 2,814,599

Costs & Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $13.94M (municipally run transit system, information only reflects those costs included in the Annual Operating Agreement).
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($4.26M or 30.3 percent), provincial funding ($6.23M or 44.3 percent), property taxes ($3.54M or 25.2 percent), and bus advertising ($0.02M or 0.1 percent).

Central Fraser Valley Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 2,373,379

Costs and Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $12.98M.
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($2.93M or 22.6 percent), provincial funding ($6.06M or 46.7 percent), property taxes ($3.94M or 30.4 percent), and bus advertising ($0.05M or 0.4 percent).

Prince George Transit System (conventional)

Ridership: 1,991,424

Costs and Funding: The total cost to run the service last fiscal was $7.97M.
Funding for the system came from transit fares ($2.07M or 26.0 percent), provincial funding ($3.77M or 47.3 percent), property taxes ($2.03M or 25.5 percent), federal gas tax funding ($0.08M or 1.0 percent), and bus advertising ($0.02M or 0.3 percent).