Backgrounder: Canada and British Columbia support transit improvements in communities across B.C.


Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure program, the Government of Canada is making significant investments that will improve the lives of Canadians.

The Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) will transform the way Canadians live, move and work by supporting projects that improve commute times, cut air pollution, rehabilitate public transit systems, and support the planning and development of future system improvements and expansions.

The following five BC Transit projects have been approved for funding under PTIS:



Federal contribution

Provincial contribution

Local municipal contribution

Smart Bus Technology (Phase 2)

New Advanced Fare Technology will be installed on buses in up to 29 communities (approximately 790 buses). 

This will enable mobile fare payments, replacing traditional fare boxes with near-field communication (NFC) technology that will support both closed loop and future open loop payment options for customers. 

Real-Time Technology will be expanded and installed on buses in up to 22 communities (approximately 270 buses). 

The technology will support a passenger-accessible internet portal, which will enable commuters to use web browsers and mobile devices to see the exact location of their bus along its route. 

Onboard, it will support automatic voice announcements and interior passenger information displays.

This technology will also support the potential for wayside passenger information displays at key locations within the transit system.




Vehicle Acquisition (Phase 1)

Up to 118 new buses will be acquired, replacing aging and end-of-life fleet and supporting the expansion of new transit services across British Columbia.

These vehicles will feature improved efficiency, accessibility and safety features, and will support future technology upgrades including vehicle tracking, CCTV cameras, and new payment technologies.




Vehicle Refits and Major Components (Phase 1)

A major refurbishment of BC Transit fleets will be undertaken to ensure vehicles meet their planned economic life.

The refurbishment and replacement of vehicle components will help improve the quality of existing buses, extending their lifespan and increasing both driver and passenger safety.




Standby Generators

Standby generators and related support infrastructure will be installed in BC Transit facilities in Nanaimo, Whistler and Kamloops to ensure business continuity and to support local and provincial emergency management systems in the event of a power outage.

Backup generators will increase the resiliency of BC Transit operations, allowing for continued operations under safe conditions for drivers and riders in the event of a power outage.




Bus Shelters (Phase 1)

Approximately 100 bus shelters will be installed in communities across the province.

These shelters will improve the safety and comfort of transit users while also increasing accessibility to ensure transit services are available and accessible to everyone.




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