All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems
British Columbia Communities (P)

by David A. Wyatt

Pemberton, British Columbia

Pemberton Valley Transit System (circa 2010 - present)
Circa 2010 PVTS acquired a distinct identity from Whistler. Operated under an agreement between the municipality, B.C. Transit and contractors. As of 2014 commuter service between Pemberton and Whistler operated by Whistler Transit Ltd. while local service in Pemberton (connecting Xit'olacw and Mount Currie) was operated by Pemberton Taxi (RideGuide 2014). Municipal responsibility for PVTS was transferred from Squamish-Lillooet Regional District to Village of Pemberton circa 01 January 2015.

Penticton, British Columbia

Penticton Bus Line Limited (circa July 1967 - ?)
One-bus privately owned transit system. Applied for and was granted municipal subsidy January 1968 (Vancouver Sun Jan. 17, 1968, p. 67). (Canadian Coach 1967).

City of Penticton (? - 03 January 1977)
One bus operation (Transit Canada 1977).

Penticton Transit System/BC Ttransit 9350 (2009 Nova LFS) (Travis Koch-Gensiorek 2011 Aug 15) Penticton Transit System (03 January 1977 - present)
(Transit Canada 1976, BC Transit 1988). Operation conducted for BC Transit by contractor. Contractor at start-up was Berry & Smith Trucking (John Day 2003). By 1990 contract operator was Penticton Transit Service Ltd. (BC Transit 1989/90, 1997, 2008, website 2010). (BC Transit 1996, 2000, photo: 2011 Travis Koch-Gensiorek). Policy permitting transfers between PTS and Naramata (Okanagan-Similkameen), and between PTS and Summerland implemented 19 May 2014.

Service area population22,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet6 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Port Alberni, British Columbia

Tyee Bus Co. (Port Alberni) 242 (Twin Coach) (Peter Cox 1968) Tyee Bus Company (September 1952 - 30 April 1971)
(Canadian Coach 1965, 1967, 1969). (Photo: Peter Cox)

Port Alberni Transit System (01 May 1971 - circa 1995)
Operated by TBCo until they were acquired by WBL circa February 1972 (Canadian Coach 1972). From 1975 operation conducted for BC Transit by a contractor. Contractor was Western Bus Lines (Port Alberni) Ltd. (Dawes et al. 1972, Canadian Coach 1973, Transit News Canada 1983, BC Transit 1988, 1989/90).

Service area population18,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet3 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Port Alberni/Clayoquot Transit System (circa 1995 - present)
Name change in 1996 reference, which may indicate an increased service area (BC Transit 1996). BC Transit 1997 still lists PATS and contract operating company WBL. BC Transit web page 2000 also implies PATS and lists a separate HandiDART service for “Alberni - Clayoquot”. Operated under contract by Western Bus Lines Ltd. serving Alberni-Clayoquot and Port Alberni (BC Transit website 2008). (website 2010).

References

Powell River, British Columbia

Powell River Transit System (1958 - circa 1998)
(Dawes et al. 1972 lists Corporation of the District of Powell River, Canadian Coach 1973 lists Powell River Municipal Transit). From 1975 operation conducted by District of Powell River (or Powell River Municipal Transportation) (the municipality) under a contract with BC Transit (pb89, BC Transit 1989/90, BCT 1977, pb98). The 1998 telephone directory shows PRTS in the advertisement, but Powell River Regional Transit System in the listing. (Transit News Canada 1984, BC Transit 1988, 1996, 2000).

Powell River Regional Transit System (circa 1998 - present)
Service in Powell River and Texada Island. Operated under contract by Powell River Municipal Transportation (the municipality) with rural operation by Powell River Taxi 2001 (BC Transit 2008, website 2010).

Service area population12,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet4 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Prince George, British Columbia

Northern Stage Lines Limited (early 1960s?)
Transit operation in Prince George prior to Coachways (John Day 2003).

Canadian Coachways System (1960s?)
City service. (Canadian Coach 1966, John Day 1966).

Prince George Transit & Charter T-17 (GM new look) (Peter Cox 1974) Prince George Transit Limited (1970s?)
(Canadian Coach 1971, Dawes et al. 1972, CUTA 1976-77). (Transit Canada 1976 cites Prince George Transit & Charter Ltd.) PGT Ltd. was also the contract operator of the PGTS 1988 (pb89). (Photo: Peter Cox)

Prince George Transit Service [UTA] 678 (GM old look) (Peter Cox 1980) Prince George Transit System (08 November 1978 - present)
(BC Transit 1988). Operation conducted by Diversified Transportation Ltd. under a contract with BC Transit (CUTA Transit Topics 1989). BC Transit 1989/90 list contractor Prince George Transit Limited, as does BC Transit 1997. The 1997 telephone directory implies the contract operator is Pacific Western Transportation (same telephone number). Contracting municipality: City of Prince George (pb97). (BC Transit 1996, 2000). Operated under contract by Prince George Transit Limited (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010). (Photo: Peter Cox)

Service area population57,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet20 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Principal System

Arrow Bus Lines Ltd. (1950s?)
Operating within Prince Rupert, and to nearby Watson Island in 1952 (RS).

T.M.C. Transportation Ltd. (? - July 1977)
Seven times daily service (Transit Canada 1977). (Dawes et al. 1972 lists T.M.C. Transportation City Bus Lines).

Prince Rupert Transit System (15 August 1977 - 200x?)
(Transit Canada 1976) Operation conducted by Coastal Bus Lines Ltd. under a contract with BC Transit (pb89, BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1997, pb97). Contracting municipality: City of Prince Rupert (pb97). Jointly listed with Port Edward on BC Transit website 2008. (BC Transit 1996, 2000).

Service area population16,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet5 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Prince Rupert and Port Edward Transit Systems (200x? - present)
Jointly listed on BC Transit website 2008. Operated under contract by Coastal Bus Lines Ltd. (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Secondary System

Watson Island Stages Ltd. (? - before 1952)
Competed on the Watson Island route with ABL (RS).

Port Edward System

Port Edward Paratransit System (08 September 1992 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Coastal Bus Lines Ltd. (see Prince Rupert) under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1997). By 2008 this system is co-listed with Prince Rupert on the BC Transit website. (BC Transit 2000).

Princeton, British Columbia

Princeton Paratransit System (01 April 1982 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Princeton & District Community Services Society under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1989/90: 1 bus). BC Transit web page 2000 implies [Princeton & Area Paratransit System].

Princeton & Area Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Princeton & District Community Services (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).


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