All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems
Brtish Columbia Communities (G - O)

by David A. Wyatt

Gabriola Island, British Columbia

GERTIE (01 June 2013 - present)
Name is an acronym for Gabriola Environmentally Responsible Trans-Island Express. First week of service was fare-free, followed by an official launch 08 June 2013. (website 2013)

GERTIE [Gabriola Island] logo 2013
system logo
Data source: website 2013

Golden, British Columbia

Kicking Horse Country Transit Service (10 December 2007 - 27 July 2012)
Operated under contract by Olympus Stage Lines Ltd. Golden Town council voted 10 April 2012 to discontinue transit service. (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Grand Forks, British Columbia

Boundary Paratransit System (24 August 1992 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Grand Forks & District Health Care Society under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1997, BC Transit web page 2000, 2001).

Boundary Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Interior Health Authority (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Hazelton, British Columbia

[Hazeltons' Regional Paratransit System] (circa 1999 - 200x?)
Operation conducted by a contractor for BC Transit and the municipal government(s). (BC Transit web page 2000, 2001)

Hazeltons' Regional Transit System (200x? - present)
Tri-weekly service connecting Gitsegukla, New Hazelton, Hazelton, and Kispiox; and twice-weekly service connecting Smithers, New Hazelton, Hazelton, and Kispiox. Operated under contract by Farwest Bus Lines Ltd. (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Invermere, British Columbia

Columbia Valley Transit System (25 February 2008 - present)
Service connecting Radium, Canal Flats and Fairmont Hot Springs with Invermere. Operated under contract by Olympus Stage Lines Ltd. (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Kamloops, British Columbia

Canadian Coachways System (circa September 1966 - ?)
City service (Canadian Coach 1966). (Canadian Coach 1968)

Western Bus Lines (Kamloops) 5 to 10 (GM old looks) (Peter Cox 1973) Western Bus Lines of BC Ltd. (January 1970 - 01 October 1976)
(Canadian Coach 1970, Dawes et al. 1972, Canadian Coach 1974). WBL of BC was formerly Tyee Transit (Canadian Coach Vol. IX, No. 2, March/April 1973). Acquired by T-OT 1976. (Photo: Peter Cox).

Kamloops Transit System (UTA) 5883 (GM new look) (Peter Cox 1981) Kamloops Transit System (01 October 1976 - present)
(BC Transit 1988) Initial contract operator was probably the provincial government owned Thompson-Okanagan Transit Limited (TC77). Operation conducted by Farwest Coach Inc. (a subsidiary of FirstBus Canada Ltd.) under a contract with BC Transit (pb89, BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1997, 2008). BC Transit 1989/90 also states that KTS service startup was 10 October 1979. BC Transit 1997 states that KTS service startup was 10 October 1970. Contracting municipality: City of Kamloops (pb97). As of 2010 the contract operator was FirstCanada ULC (website 2010). (BC Transit 1996, BC Transit web page 2000, 2001). (Photo: Peter Cox).

Service area population58,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet39 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Kelowna, British Columbia

O.K. Mission Lines (? - 04 July 1974)
(Canadian Coach 1971). Scrafton et al. 1970 lists Okanagan Mission Lines.

Silver-Green Stages (1969 - 04 July 1974)
Owner C.W. Carignan (CPTdb wiki 2014). (Scrafton et al. 1970)

Lake-Valley Transit (04 July 1974 - July 1977)
Company formed by the amalgamation of OKML and S-GS (TC75). Succeeded by the KTS.

Kelowna double decker bus (BARP photo) Kelowna Regional Transit System (04 July 1977 - present)
(TC77, BC Transit 1988). Operation conducted by Kelowna Bus and Transportation Inc. under a contract with BC Transit (pb89, BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1997, pb98). Contracting municipalities: City of Kelowna and Regional District of Central Okanagan (pb98). Web site uses Kelowna Regional Transit without the trailing word "System." Serving Central Okanagan, Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, and Westbank, and operated under contract by Farwest Transit Services Inc. (a subsidiary of FirstBus Canada Ltd.) (BC Transit website 2008). As of 2010 the contract operator was FirstCanada ULC (website 2010). (BC Transit 1996, BC Transit web page 2000, 2001. Photo: John M. Day, barp.ca)

Service area population66,000 (city 1989)
162,276 (CMA 2006)
Ridership4,344,185 (2009)
Vehicle fleet37 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)

Kimberley, British Columbia

Principal System

Kimberley City Service Co. (1950's?)
Purchased new Fitzjohn Cityliner bus October 1950 (Lawrence 2012, p. 47).

Kimberley Paratransit System (01 January 1982 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Kimberley Community Transportation Committee for the Handicapped Society under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1989/90: 1 bus). (BC Transit 2000, 2001)

Kimberley Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Kimberley Transportation Committee (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Secondary System

Kimberley Community Transit (circa December 2007 - present (annually mid December - March or April))
Ski-season daily bus service between Kimberley and Kimberley Alpine Resort. Between nine and twelve trips/day (2010/11 schedule). $3.00 fare (2010/11). Funded in part by the City of Kimberley and the local accommodations industry. (The [Kimberley] Bulletin 12 December 2011).

Kitimat, British Columbia

Kitimat Transit System (22 April 1974 - present)
(Canadian Coach 1974, BC Transit 1988). Operation conducted from start-up by Coastal Bus Lines Ltd. under a contract with BC Transit (pb89, BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1997, pb98, BC Transit 2008). As of 2010 the contract operator was FirstCanada ULC (website 2010). (BC Transit 1996, BC Transit web page 2000, 2001).

Service area population11,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet7 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Lillooet, British Columbia

"BC Rail school train" (Fall 1979 - 31 October 2002?)
A single daily train (school days only) operated on the BC Rail main line from Seton Portage via Shalath to Lillooet, carrying children to school in Lillooet. Passengers return to home after school via the regularly scheduled southbound train. Technically not public transit since the service is not intended for general customers.

Lillooet Railbus (2002) Koaham Shuttle (01 November 2002 - present)
After the cancellation of regular BC Rail passenger service in October 2002, return trip service operated Lillooet - Seton - Darcy by railbus, sponsored by the Seton Lake Band, and available to the general public. Operational partner BC Rail sold 15 July 2004 to Canadian National Railway Company. (Ken Storey photo, Train Scan website)

Lillooet & Lytton Transit System (200x? - present)
Once-per-week transportation service (Tuesdays: Lillooet - Cache Creek - Savona - Kamloops; Thursdays: Lytton - Ashcroft - Savona - Kamloops) operated primarily to facilitate medical appointments in Kamloops. Operated under contract by Mile 0 Taxi & Charters (website 2010).

References

Logan Lake / Chase, British Columbia

Logan Lake - Merritt - Chase & Area Transit (01 April 2008 - present)
Twice weekly bus service between Logan Lake and Kamloops, plus weekly service on routes Merritt - Kamloops, Logan Lake - Merritt - Kelowna, and Chase - Kamloops oriented primarily towards medical appointments. Booking 24 hours in advance is required to use the service. Administered in part by BC Transit. As of 2010 the contract operator was Farwest Coach Inc. (website 2010).

Merritt, British Columbia

Merritt and Area Transit System (05 November 2007 - present)
Operated under contract by Nicola Valley Transportation Society (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Mount Waddington, British Columbia

Mount Waddington Transit System (02 July 2008 - present)
Operated under contract by the North Island Community Services Society and in conjunction with the Volunteer Transportation Network (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010). Serves Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Fort Rupert, Coal Harbour, and Woss.

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Blue Line Transit [Nanaimo] #36, a Reo (Peter Cox) Blue Line Transit (circa 1940 - ?)
Owned by Veteran Sightseeing & Transportation Company. Grant of a franchise by the voters of Nanaimo reported in TJ March 1941. Prior Blue Line service in Nanaimo had been under a licence. Succeeded by VICL (Canadian Coach 1969). (photo Peter Cox).

Blue Line Transit [Nanaimo] 148

Vancouver Island Coach Lines (? - 1960)
Also an intercity carrier. (Canadian Coach 1967).

Nanaimo NT255 GM old look (William A. Luke) Nanaimo Transit Limited (1960 - circa November 1969)
(Canadian Coach 1965, 69, photos: William A. Luke, Peter Cox).

Nanaimo Transit Ltd. 254 (Twin Coach) (Peter Cox 1968)

Nanaimo Regional Transit System (01 April 1972 - present)
After 01 April 1979, operation conducted by the Regional District of Nanaimo (the municipality) under a contract with BC Transit. (Dawes et al. 1972, CUTA 1976-77, BC Transit 1988, pb89, CUTA TT89, BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1997, pb98, BC Transit 2008, website 2010). Serving Cedar, Lantzville, Nanaimo, Parksville, and Qualicum Beach (BC Transit 2008). (BC Transit 1996, 2000, 2001).

Service area population51,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet33 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Note

There are currently (2011) two private ferry services operated in Nanaimo harbour. Nanaimo Harbour Ferry Tours and Charters operates summer seasonal ferry service between Nanaimo and Newcastle Island. John Logan operates a year-round ferry service between Nanaimo and Protection Island. (Nanaimo Daily News 15 October 2011).

Parksville - Qualicum Beach Systems

Parksville - Qualicum Beach Transit System (08 November 1993 - 200x?)
Operated for BC Transit and the municipalities by a contractor. (BC Transit 1996). Contract operator the Regional District of Nanaimo which also operates connecting local transit in Nanaimo (BC Transit 1997). Not listed in BC Transit web page 2000 but is included on the Regional District of Nanaimo transit web page, 2000. By 2008 this service is part of Nanaimo Regional Transit System.

Vehicle fleet3 minibuses (2000)
Data sources:CTHF/SSG 2000

Shop to Shore Shuttle (01 July 2010 - 03 September 2011 (summer seasons only))
Free scheduled summer bus service in Qualicum Beach, connecting the shopping district with the beach. Joint iniative of the Town of Qualicum Beach and the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce (Parksville Qualicum Beach News 05 July 2011, 22 July 2011, 03 July 2012). 2011 operating season was 01 July – 03 September, Monday to Saturday, 10:00AM to 5:00PM (Mid Island News 22 June 2011).

Downtown Free Bus (July 2011 - present (summer seasons only))
Free scheduled summer bus service in downtown Parksville. Initiative of the Parksville Downtown Business Association. The 2012 operating season was Monday to Saturday 02 July to 01 September (Parksville Qualicum Beach News 26 June 2012. 21 December 2012). Operated by Tofino Bus Service Ltd. (online 2012 schedule).

Downtown Free Bus [Parksville] logo
system logo (2012)
Data source: website 2012 (logo)

Naramata, British Columbia

Okanagan - Similkameen Paratransit System (01 November 1979 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Ward Warriner under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1989/90: 1 bus). Contractor circa 1997 was Penticton Transit Service Ltd. (BC Transit 1997). (BC Transit web page 2000, 2001).

Okanagan - Similkameen Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Penticton Transit Service Ltd. (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010). Policy permitting transfers between OSTS and Penticton implemented 19 May 2014.

Ocean Falls, British Columbia

Johnston Terminals [Ocean Falls] 1961 (BC Archives I-50616) Johnston Terminals (1950s?)
Bus service in isolated one-industry town. Population peaked over 3,500 about 1950 (Wikipedia). Mill closed 1980. Population circa 2009: 40. (photo: 1961 BC Archives I-50616)

100 Mile House, British Columbia

100 Mile House Paratransit System (23 July 1990 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by South Cariboo Home Support Services Association under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1997). Listed in the 1997 telephone directory as 100 Mile House Transit while BC Transit web pages 2000 and 2001 imply [100 Mile House & Area Paratransit System].

100 Mile House & Area Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by LDN Transportation (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Osoyoos, British Columbia

Osoyoos Paratransit System (01 May 1996 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by a contractor for BC Transit and the municipal government(s) Initial contract operator was Osoyoos Seniors Centre Association, ending June 2000 (BC Transit 1997, LD 2001). Operation (from June 2000?) by the Town of Osoyoos (LD 2001). BC Transit 1996 reported the start-up of a conventional transit service for Osoyoos and nearby Oliver but such as service is not included in the list provided by BC Transit 1997 (which does list a paratransit system in Osoyoos). (BC Transit 2000).

Osoyoos Transit System (200x? - circa2010?)
Operated under contract by South Okanagan Transit Society (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010). Serving Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, and South Okanagan (BC Transit 2008). Some time around 2010 system became know as SOTS.

South Okanagan Transit System (circa2010? - present)
Operated under contract by South Okanagan Transit Society (BC Transit website 2014). Serving Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, and South Okanagan, with low-frequency services to Kelowna (1/week) and Penticton (3/week).


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