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 which contributes towards these goals.
Outside of Metro Vancouver, public transit services are provided by BC Transit, which operates in a funding partnership between provincial and local governments to run services in over 130 communities.
This partnership is part of the B.C. government’s commitment to reduce traffic congestion on its roadways, therefore helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as connecting people to jobs, school, appointments and visits with family and friends.
The B.C. government will continue to support public infrastructure projects that increase safety for people travelling on transit, create connected communities and help BC Transit meet people's transit needs for generations to come.
Key facts on transit investments and what they mean to people:
- 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 in 2019 is nearly $200 million. This includes $118 million in grants to make transit affordable for local governments, and capital investments of $78 million.
- The Province’s annual capital investment allows BC Transit to fully leverage funding from partnerships with the Government of Canada and local governments.
- Over the next decade, the Province of B.C., the Government of Canada and local governments are partnering to fund $1.2 billion in transit investments in communities served by BC Transit.
- This will pay for new and replacement buses, rider-facing bus tracking technology (NextRide), safety technology (CCTV cameras), advanced fare technology, new transit facilities, upgrades to existing facilities, transit exchanges, park and rides, and new bus lanes.
- Budget 2019 announced $21 million in funding to support new expansion hours in each of the next three years across 30 transit systems starting in 2019-20, which will include the introduction of new transit routes, improved frequency, extended hours of operation and investments in custom handyDART service.
- 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.