BC Transit bus systems outside Metro Vancouver will benefit from one tenth of the federal transit funds announced this week.

Bus locator, security video coming to BC Transit

GPS will let passengers track buses to their stop, onboard video protects drivers and passengers

The federal government’s transit funding commitment comes with $90 million for BC Transit equipment, including a smartphone locator for buses and video cameras to protect drivers and passengers.

The funds announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Burnaby Thursday will speed up acquisition of new buses and allow construction of maintenance and operations yards around the province, B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone said.

A pilot project with security cameras aboard buses in Victoria and Kamloops has been successful and is expected to be rolled out across the BC Transit.

“People know they’re on camera,” Stone said. “For the amount of time it’s been in use in these pilot locations, it’s been very clear it’s helped reduce the number of incidents between drivers and passengers.”

Most of the money will go to new buses and bus yards, in locations to be announced in the next few months. That will include buses running on compressed natural gas, and fuelling stations for them.

“Most of what we had hoped to get done over the next seven to 10 years, we’re going to be able to get done in the next two to three years,” Stone said.

A popular feature for bus riders that has been tested in Metro Vancouver is the bus locator application for smartphones, which uses GPS to show how many minutes away the bus is from a stop. It’s handy in bad weather, allowing riders to take shelter until the bus arrives.

“That’s something we’ve had lots of requests from Kamloops, Prince George, Kelowna and Victoria transit systems,” Stone said. “It’s pricy, but with these federal funds and our ability to fully leverage every federal dollar, that’s the kind of technology we’re able to invest in.”

Most of the $900 million federal share announced by Trudeau and Premier Christy Clark goes toward transit expansion in Metro Vancouver.

 

Just Posted

Friendly falcon now in residence at Okanagan raptor rehab centre

A rare prairie falcon caught in Trail will spend the winter at the SORCO Raptor Rehab Centre

South Okanagan Métis step up involvement with school district

The association wants to have more of a role in the inclusion of Métis culture, history in schools

Christmas cheer coming to downtown Penticton

Downtown Penticton Association are getting into the Christmas spirit

Council concerned about blocking cannabis retail from Main Street

Cannabis policy expected to be ready for Penticton city council on Dec. 4

Penticton neighbourhood is fed up and wants urban deer solution

Urban deer discussion back on city council agenda

Your morning news in 90: Nov. 21, 2018

Tune in for 90 seconds to get the top headlines for the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

Postal strike affects charities at critical fundraising time

Canadian fundraising professionals and charities join call for fast resolution

$90,000 pen from space created by B.C man

The Space pen is made from a meteorite

B.C. woman fined $2,300 for clocking 215 km/hr in Alberta

It’s the highest fine Alberta police have issued

Watchdog calls for probe into police board spending on former Victoria police chief

Police Complaint Commissioner says accountable and transparent review is in public interest

South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia

South Korea’s Kim Jong Yang was elected as Interpol’s president edging out a longtime veteran of Russia’s security services.

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickens 18 people in Ontario, Quebec

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s working with U.S. authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.

Trump defies calls to punish crown prince for writer’s death

The U.S. earlier sanctioned 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the Oct. 2 killing, but members of Congress have called for harsher actions, including cancelling arms sales.

British, EU leaders to meet as Brexit deadline looms

The U.K. and the European Union agreed last week on a 585-page document sealing the terms of Britain’s departure.

Most Read