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

by David A. Wyatt

Quesnel, British Columbia

Quesnel Paratransit System (01 April 1982 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Quesnel & District Community Aid Society under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1989/90: 3 buses). In 1997 contract operator was Panda Transportation Services (BC Transit 1997). Listed in the 1997 telephone directory as Quesnel Transit. BC Transit web page in 2000 implied [Quesnel & Area Paratransit System].

Quesnel Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Five Five Transport (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Revelstoke, British Columbia

Principal System

Revelstoke Paratransit System (28 November 1995 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Revelstoke Truck Centre under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1997). Listed in the 1998 telephone directory as Revelstoke Transit System. Contracting municipality: City of Revelstoke (pb98). (BC Transit web page 2000).

Revelstoke Transit System (200x? - present)
Service in Chase, Revelstoke, Sicamous, and Sorrento. Operated under contract by Sid Arrow Holdings Ltd. (BC Transit website 2008). As of 2010 the contract operator was Lyndon Enterprises Ltd. (website 2010).

Secondary System

Revelstoke Resort Shuttle (circa November 2011 - present [Winter ski season only])
Bus service connecting Revelstoke with Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Fifteen round trips operated seven days/week during winter ski season. Fare charged. Multi-ride and seasonal passes sold. Owner-operator Lisa Longinotto. Funded in part by Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR), the Revelstoke Accommodation Association and the City of Revelstoke. In previous season (or seasons?) service was free and was operated by RMR. (bclocalnews.com 30 November 2011).

Revelstoke Resort Shuttle logo
system logo
Data source: website 2011

Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Principal System

Salmon Arm Paratransit System (15 October 1991 - 200x?)
Fixed route service using two minibuses, provided for BC Transit by contractor K.I.A. Transit Ltd. (see Vernon) (CUTA F91, BC Transit 1997). Classified as a paratransit service by BC Transit. Listed in the 1998 telephone directory as Salmon Arm Transit System. Contracting municipality: District of Salmon Arm (pb98).

Shuswap Regional Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract (01 August 2007 - 31 March 2014) by Farwest Coach Inc. (a subsidiary of FirstBus Canada Ltd.) (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Secondary System

Columbia-Shuswap Paratransit System (15 October 1991 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by K.I.A. Transit Ltd. (see Vernon) under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1997). Service centred on Salmon Arm with rural trips to Salmon Valley, Sorrento and Gardom Lake (email 1999). A BC Transit web page in 2000 implied [Shuswap Regional Paratransit System]. Combined with Salmon Arm system before 2008.

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Salt Spring Island Transit System (07 January 2008 - present)
Operated under contract by Ganges Faerie Minishuttle (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Sechelt - Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

Sunshine Coast Paratransit System (01 January 1982 - present)
Operated for the communities and BC Transit by contractor Sunshine Coast Community Services Society (2 buses). (BC Transit 1989/90). Superseded as primary public transit system by a conventional transit service.

Sunshine Coast Transit System (31 July 1989 - present)
Operated for BC Transit and the municipalities by a contractor. Contract operator Sunshine Coast Regional District (municipality) (BC Transit 1997, pb98, BC Transit 2008, website 2010). (BC Transit 1996, BC Transit web page 2000). Serving Gibsons, Halfmoon Bay, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, and Sunshine Coast (BC Transit 2008).

Vehicle fleet4 buses
Data sources:CTHF/SSG 2000

Secondary System

Gibsons Community Shuttle (circa 05 July 2013 - circa 02 September 2013 [Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays only])
Summer weekend bus service between the Marina and Park Plaza Mall. Bus provided by Sechelt School Bus. Leading sponsors Town of Gibsons and the Gibsons and District Chamber of Commerce. Described as a pilot project (Coast Reporter 05 July 2013).

Gibsons Community Shuttle logo (2013)
system logo (2013)
Data source: website (2013)

Skeena, British Columbia

Skeena Regional Transit System (28 August 2006 - present)
Regional connector service for Terrace, Kitimat, Kitsumkalum, New Remo, Gitaus, and Kitamaat Village. Operated under contract by Coastal Bus Lines Ltd. (BC Transit website 2008). As of 2010 the contract operator was FirstCanada ULC (website 2010).

Smithers, British Columbia

Smithers Paratransit System (13 May 1991 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Smithers Community Services under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1997). Listed in the 1998 telephone directory as Smithers & District Transit System and advertised on the same page as Smithers Transit System. Contracting municipality: Town of Smithers (pb98). A BC Transit web page in 2000 implied [Smithers & Area Paratransit System].

Smithers and District Transit System (200x? - present)
Service in Smithers and Telkwa. Operated under contract by Smithers Community Services Association (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Squamish, British Columbia

Squamish Transit System (20 August 1990 - present)
Operated for BC Transit and the municipalities by a contractor. Contract operating company Whistler Transit Ltd. (BC Transit 1997, 2008). Contracting municipality: District of Squamish (pb98). Service in Brackendale and Squamish (BC Transit 2008). As of 2010 the contract operator was Diversified Transportation Ltd. (website 2010). (BC Transit 1996, BC Transit web page 2000).

Vehicle fleet3 buses
Data sources:CTHF/SSG 2000

Summerland, British Columbia

Summerland Paratransit System (01 April 1982 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Summerland Transit Society under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1989/90: 1 bus). (BC Transit web page 2000)

Summerland Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Summerland Transit Society (BC Transit website 2008). As of 2010 the contract operator was Penticton & District Community Resources Society (website 2010). Enhanced service between Summerland and Penticton implemented 28 October 2013. Policy permitting transfers between STS and Penticton implemented 19 May 2014.

Terrace, British Columbia

Terrace Regional Transit System (18 August 1980 - present)
Serving the City of Terrace and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine. Operation conducted by Coastal Bus Lines Ltd. under a contract with BC Transit (pb89, BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1997, 2008, website 2010). Serving Terrace and Thornhill (BC Transit 2008). (Transit News Canada 1983, BC Transit 1988, BC Transit 1996, pb98, BC Transit 2000).

Service area population14,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet2 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Tofino, British Columbia

Tofino Transit (01 July 2008 - present [summer seasons])
Summer-only local bus service operated by Tofino Bus Service Ltd. with municipal funding. The 2008 operating season was 01 July 2008 - 31 August 2008. In 2009 the operating season was 02 July 2009 - 06 September 2009. The 2012 operating season was 03 July 2012 - 03 September 2012. (website 2012).


system logo
Data source:website 2012

Vernon - Coldstream, British Columbia

Principal System

? (circa June 1915 - ?)
Unnamed jitney service organized (CR&MW July 1915, p. 275).

? (? - January 1967)
Private transit operator ended service (Canadian Coach 1967).

BC Transit [Vernon] 6762 (Orion 01) (George Bergson 1984) Vernon Regional Transit System (01 April 1980 - present)
(BC Transit 1988). Operated by K.I.A. Transit Ltd. for BC Transit (Transit News Canada 1985, BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1997). Serving Armstrong, Coldstream, Enderby, Lavington, Lumby, North Okanagan, Spallumcheen, and Vernon, and operated under contract (01 August 2007 - 31 March 2014) by Farwest Coach Inc. (a subsidiary of FirstBus Canada Ltd.) (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010). From 25 August 2008 also operated intermunicipal connector service between Vernon and Kelowna [UBC Okanagan] (BC Transit press release 26 August 2008). (BC Transit 1996, BC Transit web page 2000). (Photo: Peter Cox collection).

Service area population25,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet5 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Armstrong System

North Okanagan Paratransit System (29 November 1995 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by N.O.H.A. under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1997, BC Transit web page 2000). In 2001 web site belongs to Progressive Transit Inc. and uses the system name North Okanagan Regional Transit System. System serves Armstrong and Enderby on highway 97 north of Vernon, and Lumby, Whitevale and Lavington east of Vernon and Coldstream on highway 6 (web site 2001). Contracting municipalities: North Okanagan Regional District and City of Vernon (web site 2001). (BC Transit web page 2001)

Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler Transit System (01 December 1991 - present)
Operation conducted for BC Transit by a contractor. (CUTA F92) Contract operating company Whistler Transit Ltd. which also operates local service in Squamish (BC Transit 1997). Contracting municipality: Resort Municipality of Whistler (pb98). Service reportedly renamed Whistler and Valley Express, or WAVE, 02 June 1999. A BC Transit web page in 2000 still implied WTS. Serving Pemberton and Whistler. Operated under contract by Whistler Transit Ltd. (BC Transit 2008, website 2010). The BC Transit website still calls this the Whistler Transit System in 2010. Somewhere before 2011 the Pemberton system acquired a separate identity. (BC Transit 1996).

Vehicle fleet21 buses (2000)
Ridership2,607,006 (2009)
Data sources:CTHF/SSG 2000
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)

Whistler – Squamish, British Columbia

Sea to Sky Transit System (03 January 2005 - 30 September 2011)
Initially seasonal November to April, service became year-round circa March 2009. 2004/05 operating season was 03 January - 24 April. 2005/06 operating season was 19 November - 23 April. 2007/08 operating season was 22 November - 20 April. Commuter oriented transit service between Squamish and Whistler including operated trips, regularly scheduled services by Greyhound Transportation Canada Inc. and an "emergency ride home" taxi reimbursement program. Supported by the District of Squamish and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. (BC Transit website 2008). On 01 October 2007 Greyhound became a subsidiary of FirstBus Canada Ltd. Whistler withdrew its funding effective March 2011 (Pique Newsmagazine Aug. 3, 2011).

Williams Lake, British Columbia

Williams Lake Paratransit System (01 January 1982 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Lakers' Go-Bus Society under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1989/90: 2 buses). Listed in the 1997 telephone directory as Williams Lake Transit. (BC Transit web page 2000).

Williams Lake Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Laker's Go-Bus Society (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).


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