September 18, 2013
Kelowna transit expansion project begins
Construction recently started on the expansion of RapidBus to the Westside of Kelowna, B.C.
The 15-kilometre expansion project includes four new transit stations and two new exchanges designed to provide passengers with faster, more frequent public transportation.
The project will connect to the existing RapidBus service between downtown Kelowna and the University of British Columbia-Okanagan (UBCO).
The new stations will be built this fall in West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation, followed by exchanges at Boucherie Mountain and Westbank Centre next year. Once the Westside expansion is complete in summer 2014, the entire RapidBus service will provide 30 kilometres of service between West Kelowna and the UBCO.
In total, the project will receive up to $46 million in funding from federal, provincial and local partners.
Ridership has grown by almost 500,000 rides across the Kelowna regional transit system since RapidBus service opened in 2010. Ridership is expected to grow even more with the latest expansions.
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