Regional transit and RapidBus Services are provided in the City of West Kelowna in cooperation with BC Transit and local governments in the Central Okanagan. Terms of the service are covered under an Annual Operating Agreement, which includes conventional transit, HandiDart and Community Bus.
Buses are operated by First Canada ULC on behalf of the funding partners.
Planning & Operations
Funding for West Kelowna's Transit System is cost shared between the City of West Kelowna and the Government of British Columbia. The City of West Kelowna works with BC Transit to establish and review routes and levels of service and makes recommendations for Council's consideration for approval.
West Kelowna's system is one component of the larger Kelowna Regional Transit System, which also includes service in the City of Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Areas and Westbank First Nation.
Phases 2 and 3 of the RapidBus initiative included expansion into West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation and were completed in 2014. RapidBus provides express service, along Highway 97, from Westbank Centre to UBC Okanagan.
Two transit exchanges were constructed: one in Westbank Centre at Elliott Road and the other in Boucherie Centre at Westgate Road. Additional stops were added along Highway 97 on the west side at:
Westside Road Interchange
RapidBus continues into the City of Kelowna with stops at:
Queensway Avenue (downtown Kelowna)
Highway 97 at Richter Street
Highway 97 at Gordon Drive (Capri Mall)
Highway 97 at Kirschner Road (Landmark Centre)
Highway 97 at Cooper (Orchard Park Shopping Centre)
Highway 97 at Banks Road (Central Park Shopping Centre)
Highway 97 at McCurdy Road (McCurdy Corner)
UBC Okanagan campus
The Kelowna Regional Transit System is committed to the reduction of greenhouse gases. The system was the first in the nation to use Hybrid Electric Buses. The system also uses double decker buses on higher volume routes, alleviating the need to run additional vehicles back to back on the same route.
Kelowna Regional Transit buses are also equipped with bike racks allowing users to combine modes of transportation.
For trip concerns, lost and found and employment opportunities, call 250-860-8121.