Transit

Transit in Vernon

During the community consultation for the 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

Vernon Regional Transit Christmas Light Tours

The annual Vernon Regional Transit Christmas Light Tours will be held on December 16th, 17th and 18th. Buses will depart at 7:30PM from the clock tower located at the corner of 32nd Avenue and 31st Street (in front of the Vernon Museum and Archives). 

Tickets can be purchased from the BC Transit offices located at 2400 43rd Street. The office is open from 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday to Friday. Tickets are $3.00 each and proceeds go to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

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.

New Unified Transit Fares and Passes for 2018

New Unified Transit Fares and Passes for 2018

New fare structure effective April 1, 2018.

The City of Vernon, the District of Coldstream, and the Regional District of North Okanagan have jointly approved changes to transit fares to coincide with the planned service expansions in spring 2018. The simplified fare structure will be easier to use and less costly to administer. The existing single zone and multi-zone fares will be unified into one, reducing the number of fare products from 14 to 5.

There will one cash fare of $2.50 for all transit services, including handyDART, with one exception being the Route 90 - UBCO which will be $5.00 due to the distance between Vernon and Kelowna. Transit users with monthly passes, including U-Passes, will be able to ride the Route 90 - UBCO at no additional cost. Further details about interregional transfers will be released at a later date.

Fare reviews are conducted periodically to ensure that fares keep up with the cost to provide transit services. Vernon Regional Transit fares were last reviewed in 2004 and handyDART fares were last reviewed in 1996. 

BC Transit Fare Review




2018 Fare Structure

Effective April 1, 2018
 Vernon Regional Transit  SystemRoute 90 - UBCO
Cash$2.50$5.00
Day Pass$6.00-
Tickets (10)$22.50-
Monthly Pass – Adult$55.00$55.00
Monthly Pass – Student / Senior$40.00$40.00
Student Semester Pass$120.00-
handyDART$2.00*-

*handyDART fares will be increased in two phases: the first increase will be from $1.75 to $2.00 effective April 1, 2018 and the second increase will be from $2.00 to $2.50 effective April 1, 2019.

Vernon Regional Transit System

Vernon Regional Transit System

Starting  July 20, 2016, BC Transit will launch a province-wide campaign to educate British Columbians on all the incredible summer destinations that can be reached using BC Transit. The campaign will launch BC Transit’s Instagram account and a microsite www.explorebcbybus.com with downloadable maps. By finding attractions across the province with the help of BC Transit’s routes and our partner Destination BC, British Columbians will have plenty of summer adventures at their fingertips. We want British Columbians to ride and seek adventure all summer long!

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.

Handy Dart

Vernon Regional 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

handyDART is:
• For people who cannot use fixed-route independently due to a disability
• Based on need
• A complementary service to the fixed-route system

North Okanagan Transit Future Plan
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 and Kelowna’s UBC Okanagan campus. You can make connections to the Kelowna Regional Transit service 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