In recent years, the regional transportation network has undergone significant improvements for all modes of travel. While automobile use dominates (81.6% of the labour force drives a car, truck or van, 10% higher than the provincial average), investment to support all modes of travel is intended to support healthy, sustainable lifestyles.

Overall, with the level of investment that has occurred, the physical condition of the existing highway infrastructure in the corridor is generally quite good.

Highway improvements

  • R. Bennett Bridge
  • Westside Road Interchange
  • Highway 97 six-laning from Water St to Edwards Rd
  • Four-laning from Winfield to Oyama
  • HOV lanes in Kelowna
  • Numerous intersection upgrades

Transit improvements

  • RapidBus service connecting West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Kelowna & UBCO, with direct access provided by the frequent transit network
  • Five new RapidBus stations, doubling the total to ten
  • Improvements to four transit exchanges
  • Real-time passenger information displays
  • Addition of 15,000 annual service hours in fall 2014

Active Transportation

  • Growth in Kelowna’s Active Transportation Corridors and cycling network
  • Development and implementation of Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Plan in West Kelowna
  • ICBC and BikeBC investments in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country

See  Map 2 – Existing Multi-Modal Transportation Network.