Transit Future in Kelowna
Project Update - November 2017
The second phase of public engagement for the Central Okanagan Transit Future Action Plan is now complete. In collaboration with local partners, BC Transit hosted 9 open houses throughout the region. The events in Peachland, Ellison, Lake Country, and the City of Kelowna took place in March 2017; events in West Kelowna took place in August 2017. The open houses drew a combined attendance of over 300 people. Two separate online surveys accompanied the open houses, drawing over 900 responses in total.
BC Transit wishes to thank all those who participated in this process. The report on this second phase of public engagement is now available here. The full Central Okanagan Transit Future Action Plan is expected to be complete in the spring of 2018.
Project Update - September 2017
As part of the Central Okanagan Transit Future Action Plan, BC Transit, in collaboration with local partners, hosted two open house events in West Kelowna in August 2017. These events were part of the second phase of consultation for the Transit Future Action Plan, and aimed to identify service options and expansion priorities for the community of West Kelowna. The first phase of consultation in March 2017 focused on transit service priorities for the City of Kelowna, Lake Country, Ellison, and Peachland areas.
Over 70 people attended the West Kelowna open houses and over 300 people have responded to the corresponding online survey. Thank you to all those who participated.
We will publish the findings from this phase of consultation in an upcoming report that will help inform future transit planning decisions affecting West Kelowna.
Transit Future Action Plan in Kelowna
In 2012, the Central Okanagan Transit Future Plan was completed. This plan provided a vision of the region’s transit network over the next 25 years. Since the adoption of that plan, many of the projects identified have now been accomplished, including:
- The introduction of the 97 Okanagan RapidBus and subsequent local service integration
- The introduction of new Frequent and Local routes throughout the region
- Improvement to the service frequencies on Local and Frequent Routes
- Introduction of significant infrastructure improvements throughout the region
Since many of the projects identified in the 2012 plan are now complete, it is important that the project priorities be updated to continue to guide decision-making over the next one to five years and beyond.
The purpose of the Central Okanagan Transit Future Action Plan is to update transit service infrastructure recommendations for the entire region to continue to grow the transit system in the Kelowna region.
Why do we need Transit Future?
This Transit Future will plan guide transit investment that is supportive of livable communities, through:
- Identifying short-term projects (one to five years) to assist local partners in developing local capital and operating budgets
- Supporting local community goals and objectives, such as strengthening the link between transportation and land-use in order to support sustainable growth
- Develop Service Standards and Performance Guidelines which will assist in future decision-making processes
- Meeting climate change goals
- Making it easy to access everyday services on foot, by bike and by transit
Help us Plan Your Future
The development of this transit plan will be highly collaborative and include all of the local partners, transit system staff, the public and representatives from a wide array of stakeholder organizations. The engagement process will be designed to be inclusive, reaching riders and non-riders alike including surveys, public open houses and stakeholder meetings. The engagement plan will combine both BC Transit and local partner engagement strategies to develop and implement appropriate, meaningful, timely and effective public engagement that follows the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) guidelines.
How do I get involved?
All stages of the creation and implementation of a this Transit Future Action Plan provide opportunities to get involved. A customer survey is planned for April 2016 and public consultation is planned for the summer 2016. Check back here often for information on how to share your input!
If you have further questions or comments, please contact us at Planning2@BCTransit.com