BC Transit Today
BC Transit is the provincial Crown agency charged with planning, funding, and implementing public transportation systems throughout British Columbia outside Metro Vancouver.
BC Transit works in partnership with 59 local governments, including the Victoria Regional Transit Commission. The agency’s mandate includes planning, funding, marketing, fleet management and contracting for the operation of transit systems.
Unique in the transit industry, BC Transit’s collaborative, shared-services partnership model offers excellent value by:
- Pooling expertise and best practices;
- Lowering costs through bulk purchase of items like fuel and vehicles;
- Providing a framework to oversee and invest in transit on a provincial scale;
- Supporting operational efficiency through private sector contracts for the delivery of many of our services.
On average, BC Transit’s systems carry more passengers per hour of service and are used by a higher proportion of residents than their peer systems in other Canadian communities. At the same time, costs for service are consistently lower than similar Canadian systems (Canadian Urban Transit Association).
In 2015-16, BC Transit carried over 51.7 million passengers in 83 transit systems across the province.
Transit services offered
BC Transit’s systems are as diverse as our province and include a range of service types:
- Conventional transit serves the general population in more urban settings and offers scheduled bus service that operates on fixed routes. Most vehicles are accessible and range in size from minibuses to double-deck buses in order to best match ridership and community needs. Rail-based service is currently under evaluation in several of our communities.
- Custom transit employs vans, minibuses and taxis for dial-a-ride and door-to-door handyDART service for passengers with disabilities who cannot use conventional transit. Contracted taxi supplement and taxi saver (discounted coupon) programs complement these services.
- Paratransit serves small town, rural, and Aboriginal communities as well as some suburban areas using minibuses, taxis, and vans for flexible routing and schedules.