A good public transit system is essential to building strong communities that are more affordable for the people who live in them.
The B.C. government is committed to making life more affordable for British Columbians, improving the services that people count on and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Public transit is a service that contributes to these goals.
Public transit services in over 130 communities are provided by BC Transit, funded by a cost-sharing partnership between provincial and local governments (Victoria Regional Transit Commission in Greater Victoria).
The B.C. government will continue to support public infrastructure projects to increase safety for people, create connected communities and help BC Transit meet people’s public transit needs for generations to come.
Key facts on transit investments:
- The B.C. government continues to work with BC Transit, the federal government and local governments to fund transit improvements throughout B.C., including improving handyDART service.
- The B.C. government’s budget for public transit outside Metro Vancouver is over $190 million in 2020. This includes $115.8 million in operating grants to make transit affordable for local governments, and capital investments of $77.4 million.
- Over the next three years, the Province’s capital investments, including the purchase of new buses, are projected to be $251.3 million. These investments allow BC Transit to fully leverage funding from partnerships with the Government of Canada and local governments.
- Through the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) and Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the Province of B.C., the Government of Canada and local governments are partnering to fund $1.2 billion in transit investments over the next decade in communities served by BC Transit.
- This partnership will pay for new and replacement buses, such as electric and compressed natural gas, smart technologies including NextRide, safety technology (CCTV cameras), advanced fare technology, new and upgraded transit facilities, and new transit exchanges, park and rides, and bus lanes.
- Transit services in northern B.C. have also been enhanced in support of the Province’s efforts to enable safe, affordable travel for Indigenous communities, residents and organizations through BC Bus North and the B.C. government’s Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan.
- These combined investments will allow B.C. to support a growing population with a public transit system that is environmentally sound, affordable, accessible and convenient.