Transit

Transit in Vernon

During community consultation for the Master Transportation Plan, Vernon residents articulated that their number one transportation priority was public transit improvements. A safe, reliable, frequent transit system has many benefits to the community.

  • Lower greenhouse gas emissions
  • Greater mobility for seniors and youth
  • More travel options for families
  • Less money required for new road infrastructure
  • Fewer cars on the road
Kids Ride Free Program

Kids Ride Free

The Vernon Regional Transit System is adopting the Kids Ride Free program effective September 1, 2018. 

An adult customer can bring up to four children (12 years and under) on board for free. Children must get on and off at the same stop as the fare-paying customer. This program is available to transit customers who are 19 and over with a valid monthly pass, DayPASS, U-PASS or BC Bus Pass.

This program is also available on statutory holidays and on weekends for adult riders paying with cash or tickets, from 6:00 p.m. Friday until the end of service on Sunday.

Class Rides Free Program

The Vernon Regional Transit Class Rides Free program provides students the opportunity to learn more about our local transit system through first-hand experience. School District 22 classrooms within Vernon city limits can apply to travel by transit for one round trip per year at no cost.

In order to participate in the program, please complete the application form and email it to csbreception@vernon.ca. Applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the requested trip. If approved, you will receive a letter from the City of Vernon to present to your bus driver.

APPLICATION FORM

Trips must use the regularly scheduled transit service and teachers should consult the Vernon Regional Transit website to plan their schedule. Please note that travel approval will only be granted for trips taking place within off-peak hours, generally between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Schools Outside of Vernon

The District of Coldstream and the Regional District of the North Okanagan have also adopted the Class Rides Free program for schools in their regions. Schools located outside of Vernon should contact their local government for information on how to apply.

Bus Etiquette for Students

Classes will be sharing the bus with other Vernon Regional Transit riders and are expected to behave in a courteous manner. Please note that Vernon Regional Transit buses can accommodate a maximum of 23 seated passengers plus 14 standing passengers. During busy times, classes may have to split their group or wait for the next bus. Students are expected to:

  • Give up their seats for passengers who need to sit. Courtesy seating, located at the front of the bus, meets the needs of all transit customers, and is especially vital to:
    • Customers who use scooters, wheelchairs, pediatric strollers or other mobility aids
    • Customers with a disability or mobility issue
    • Customers with baby strollers
  • Not stand in the doorways.
  • Not eat or drink on the bus.
  • Use inside voices when speaking and headphones when listening to music.

Teachers should review these expectations with their students before the trip. Visit kidsridethebus.com to access BC Transit’s resources, activities, lesson plans, and videos designed for K-5 educators to help prepare your students for their bus ride.

Vernon Regional Transit System

Vernon Regional Transit System

Everything you need to know about the transit services within the Vernon Regional Transit area including Coldstream, Vernon and the North Okanagan is on the BC Transit website.

 

Accessibility

Accessible Transit

BC Transit has made large-scale improvements in accessibility. A key is to provide transit services tailored to individual’s needs and abilities.
• Fixed-Route: 100% of buses are low-floor accessible
• handyDART: Ramp and lift-equipped mini buses

Learn more about accessibility on the Vernon Regional Transit website

handyDART

handyDART is an accessible, door-to-door shared transit service for people with permanent or temporary disabilities that prevent them from using fixed-route transit without assistance from another person.

Learn more about and how to register for the program here

 

Inter-City Transit

Residents and visitors who wish to travel to and from Vernon by bus have several options. Interregional public transit service is available through BC Transit with routes to Kelowna, Enderby, Armstrong, Lumby, and Salmon Arm. 

The Route 90 UBCO Connector service operates between Vernon, the Kelowna International Airport, and the UBC Okanagan campus. You can make connections to the Kelowna Regional Transit system at UBC Okanagan Exchange. Vernon Regional Transit monthly and day passes are valid on the Kelowna Transit system at no additional cost. Visit www.bctransit.com/vernon for more information.  

Bus service to Vancouver, Kamloops, and other destinations is available through eBUS

BC Transit Vacations: #ExploreBCbyBus

BC Transit offers hundreds of routes across the province that will get you off the couch and into the wild, even in your own hometown. There are family-friendly or adventure-seeking itineraries for trips in locations across BC, including the Okanagan. Visit ExploreBCbyBus.com for more info.