Connecting Our Region: Regional Transportation Plan

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The Regional Transportation Plan identifies transportation projects and priorities that will help build and maintain a healthy, thriving and connected future for the Central Okanagan region. It will help create a region where more people can choose sustainable and affordable transportation options.

The interconnected projects, programs, and policy recommendations will work together to:

  • connect people and places across the region,
  • prepare for future population growth and technology innovations,
  • help people of all ages and abilities get around,
  • reduce future greenhouse gas emissions, and
  • help economic recovery post-pandemic.



The Regional Transportation Plan is a project of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of

The Regional Transportation Plan identifies transportation projects and priorities that will help build and maintain a healthy, thriving and connected future for the Central Okanagan region. It will help create a region where more people can choose sustainable and affordable transportation options.

The interconnected projects, programs, and policy recommendations will work together to:

  • connect people and places across the region,
  • prepare for future population growth and technology innovations,
  • help people of all ages and abilities get around,
  • reduce future greenhouse gas emissions, and
  • help economic recovery post-pandemic.



The Regional Transportation Plan is a project of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO), a collaboration of the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation, and the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The STPCO is focused on environmentally responsible/sustainable transportation solutions that strengthen the economy and quality of life in the region.

  • News release: Central Okanagan's first region-wide transportation plan ready for endorsement

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    15 Nov 2020

    After more than two years of technical studies, public consultation and region-wide collaboration, the final Regional Transportation Plan and its supporting plans, including the Regional Bicycling and Trails Master Plan and Regional Disruptive Mobility Strategy, are ready for endorsement.

    The Regional Transportation Plan identifies the transportation projects and priorities that will help build and maintain a healthy, thriving and connected future for the Central Okanagan. It will also help create a region where more people can choose sustainable transportation options.

    Through November and December, the final plans will be presented for endorsement to members of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO). Residents can watch, listen or view the presentations to each of the STPCO partners, as available, on the following dates:

    • City of Kelowna, Nov. 16
    • City of West Kelowna, Nov. 17
    • Regional District of Central Okanagan, Nov. 23
    • Westbank First Nation, Nov. 30
    • District of Lake Country, Dec. 1
    • District of Peachland, Dec. 8

    “The Regional Transportation Plan is the first of its kind for the Central Okanagan,” says Rafael Villareal, Integrated Transportation Department Manager with the City of Kelowna and Administrator of the STPCO. “This has been a long journey and learning process for residents, staff and our elected officials. We look forward to continued collaboration as we work together to improve our region’s connectivity.”

    The interconnected projects, programs and policy recommendations will work together to connect people and places across the region and prepare for future population growth. They will also help people of all ages and abilities get around, reduce future greenhouse gas emissions, and help economic recovery post COVID-19.

    Early consultation with stakeholders and residents both shaped the plan’s vision and goals as well as identified and refined potential transportation priorities and solutions. Public engagement in August of this year, following the release and presentations of the draft plans to STPCO partners, sought final comments to help refine the plans.

    Today, the final plans reflect the interests and values heard from people across the region and set the direction for Central Okanagan governments to work together to move people and goods more efficiently, achieve fast and reliable transit, create a safe and convenient regional bicycling and trails network, and incorporate new mobility options.

    Some of the plans’ key features include creating a fast and reliable transit spine along the Highway 97 corridor, adding 81 new kilometres of regional bicycling and trails facilities, and investing in transportation improvements to better connect people to regional destinations such as UBC Okanagan and the Kelowna International Airport.

    The Regional Transportation Plan aligns with the strategic direction of Provincial plans, including Clean BC and BC Economic Framework. Moving forward, Central Okanagan governments can use the plan as a framework of priorities over the next 20 years so they can plan and seek funding together, as a unified region.

    To learn more and view the final plans, please visit smartTRIPS.ca.

  • Final plan to be presented to STPCO partners

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    11 Nov 2020
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    Starting Monday, Nov. 16, the final Regional Transportation Plan and its supporting plans, the final Regional Bicycling and Trails Master Plan and final Regional Disruptive Mobility Strategy, will be presented for endorsement to each member of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO). Before the first presentation to Kelowna Council on Monday, we're sharing a project update with a summary of previous public engagement results and next steps.

    Phase 4 public engagement summary

    This summer, we released the draft Regional Transportation Plan and its supporting plans for final comments. Due to COVID-19, engagement activities were hosted in a digital format. Appreciation is extended to everyone who took the time to participate and share their input.

    View full engagement summary

    What we heard: at a glance

    The project team read each of the 1,200 open-ended comments and developed a list of themes based on their content. The themes that were mentioned most often are shown below, with font sizes corresponding to the number of times each theme was mentioned.

    How we got here

    The interests and values heard from people across the region helped inform the plan every step of the way.

    Phase 1: Vision, goals & regional transportation network (2018)

    In 2018, we gathered input from residents to affirm the plan’s vision and goals, which were refined based on what we heard.

    Phase 2: Analysis of existing and future conditions. (2018)

    This analysis was informed by the Okanagan Household Travel Survey. Conducted every five years, this survey includes thousands of participants and provides a comprehensive picture of how people travel around the region.

    Phase 3: Transportation scenarios (2019)

    In the spring of 2019, we launched Let's Talk Transportation. The regional conversation event and an online questionnaire sought to understand the values and interests of Central Okanagan residents and obtain input on potential transportation solutions.

    Phase 4: Plan development (2020)

    During this phase, we shared the draft plan and gathered final comments on key directions and recommendations.

    Key refinements to the final plan include the addition of a preamble, a new section overviewing how the plan aligns with Provincial plans, incorporation of the 2018 Okanagan Household Travel Survey results, updates to the future of the STPCO, the addition of a performance monitoring approach, strengthened alignment with the BC Active Transportation Design Guide, as well as other refinements to incorporate stakeholder and public input.

    Next steps

    The project team extends their appreciation to the individuals and organizations that have been involved and shared feedback throughout this process. The final Regional Transportation Plan and its support plans will be presented to the STPCO partners for endorsement through November and December 2020 on the following dates:

    City of Kelowna: Nov. 16
    City of West Kelowna: Nov. 17
    Regional District of Central Okanagan: Nov. 23
    Westbank First Nation: Nov. 30
    District of Lake Country: Dec. 1
    District of Peachland: Dec. 8

    All related documents can be found in the sidebar on this page.

  • Plan development

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    11 Nov 2020

    The Regional Transportation Plan was developed in partnership with the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) and in collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) and BC Transit. Development of the plan was supported by a grant from the Strategic Priorities Fund under the Administrative Agreement on the Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) in British Columbia.

    Working collaboratively across the region

    This is the first region-wide transportation plan for the Central Okanagan. The long-range, high-level plan was developed following more than two-and-a-half years of technical studies, consultation, and unprecedented collaboration across the region.

    The plan reflects the interests and values heard from people across the region and sets the direction for Central Okanagan governments to work together to:

    • move people and goods more efficiently,
    • achieve fast and reliable transit,
    • create a safe and convenient regional bicycling and trails network, and
    • incorporate new mobility options.

    The Regional Transportation Plan and its supporting plans, the Regional Bicycling and Trails Master Plan and the Regional Disruptive Mobility Strategy, include recommendations designed to address each of these key directions.

    Key features

    Create a fast and reliable transit spine along the Highway 97 corridor

    This feature would make transit faster and more reliable, increase the people-moving capacity of the corridor and make more efficient use of the existing road network. It would also get transit out of mixed traffic and begin proteciting space for potential future conversion to higher capacity transit, which may be possible in the long-term future as the population grows and technology brings down costs.

    Harvey Avenue in Kelowna is the corridor with the best potential for reaching the population and employment densities needed to support bus rapid transit, light rail transit, or another form of higher capacity transit by the 2040 planning horizon. It's anticipated the plan features along the Provincial highway system will be looked at further as part of the next phase of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's Central Okanagan Planning Study.

    Other key features:

    • Add 81 kilometres of regional bicycling and trail facilities
    • Transportation improvements around UBC Okanagan and the Kelowna International Airport (the Okanagan Gateway area)
    • New mobility hubs in Peachland and lake Country
    • Recommendation to conduct a Regional goods Movement Study to guide the sustainable movement of goods as our region grows

    In addition, the plan includes recommendations for policies, programs and services that will complement the infrastructure recommendations and help achieve the plan vision and goals through supportive land use policies, enhanced transit service, demand-responsive transit, and the incorporation of shared and new mobility options

    Moving forward

    The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) aligns with the strategic direction of Provincial plans, including CleanBC and the BC Economic Framework. The RTP provides guidance on transportation projects, policies and programs that benefit the region and is intended to support and enhance planning by other levels of government.

    Moving forward, Central Okanagan governments can use the plan as a framework of priorities over the next 20 years so that they can plan and seek funding together, as a unified region.

  • News release: STPCO releases draft region-wide transportation plan for the Central Okanagan

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    10 Jun 2020

    After more than two years of technical studies, consultation, and unprecedented region-wide partnership and collaboration, the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO) has released the first region-wide transportation plan for the Central Okanagan.

    “The Regional Transportation Plan will help build and maintain a healthy, thriving and connected future for the Central Okanagan,” says Rafael Villareal, Integrated Transportation Department Manager with the City of Kelowna and Administrator of the STPCO. “The plan will help create a region where more people can choose sustainable and affordable transportation options.”

    Called Connecting Our Region, the long-range, high level plan establishes a framework of priorities over the next 20 years so local governments can work together to connect people and places across the region, prepare for future population growth, help people of all ages and abilities get around, reduce growth of traffic congestion and greenhouse gases, and help the region’s economic recovery post COVID-19.

    The plan sets the direction for regional, local and Indigenous governments in the Central Okanagan to work together to:

    • Move people and goods more efficiently
    • Achieve fast and reliable transit
    • Improve local connections to regional transit
    • Create a safe and convenient region-wide bike and trail network
    • Incorporate new mobility options
    • Reduce future greenhouse gases

    “We want to encourage the most efficient use of the existing road network,” said Villareal. “We are looking at innovative ways to improve roads, create dedicated space for transit, add more connected bike and walking routes and embrace new mobility options such as ride-hailing, bikeshare and car share.”

    Examples of recommendations in the Regional Transportation Plan include expanded transit service and improved transit infrastructure and priority, 81 new kilometres of regional bicycling and trail facilities, a regional goods movement study, roadway safety and efficiency improvements, and mobility hubs in Peachland and Lake Country, among others.

    “We see a future where bike and trail networks are integrated with transit, urban centres and regional destinations like hospitals, the airport and universities,” said Villareal. ”We want to set a course for a future where people can make sustainable and affordable choices such as walking, biking, e-scooters or fast, reliable transit.”

    The Regional Transportation Plan recognizes the urgency of the global climate crisis and provides recommendations that will help to better connect our region, while reducing automobile dependence. This will be critical to protect the Central Okanagan’s environment and high quality of life for future generations.

    “The projects and priorities being recommended in the plan reflect what we heard from people across the region and would require further study and partnership with BC Transit and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure,” adds Villareal.

    A draft of the plan and its sub-components, including the Regional Bicycling and Trails Master Plan and the Regional Disruptive Mobility Strategy, will be presented to regional Councils and the RDCO Board on the following dates:

    • June 15, City of Kelowna
    • June 16, City of West Kelowna
    • June 29, Westbank First Nation
    • July 7, District of Lake Country
    • July 9, Regional District of Central Okanagan
    • July 14, District of Peachland

    The public will have an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the three draft plans later this summer. Engagement activities will be available in a digital format to follow advice from the Provincial Medical Health Officer in regard to COVID-19. Based on feedback, the plans will be updated and refined, with final versions expected to be presented to each of the STPCO partner Councils and the RDCO Board for endorsement in fall 2020.

    The Regional Transportation Plan is a project of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO), a collaboration of City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation, and Regional District of Central Okanagan. The STPCO is focused on environmentally responsible/sustainable transportation solutions that strengthen the economy and quality of life in the region.

    To learn more about the Regional Transportation Plan, see results from past public consultations, and sign up for regional transportation email updates, visit smartTRIPS.ca.

  • Fact sheet

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    13 Jul 2020

    The Regional Transportation Plan will help shape the future of the Central Okanagan Region by identifying the transportation investments that will be needed over the next 20 years. The project is led by the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO), a collaboration of City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation, and Regional District of the Central Okanagan.

    Strengthening economic competitiveness and quality of life

    Transportation across the region provides a vital connection to jobs, markets, health care, education, recreation, shopping, emergency services and family and friends.

    By 2040, population in the Central Okanagan is expected to increase by nearly 40% – that’s almost 77,000 new residents. Currently, 24% of all trips in the Central Okanagan cross municipal boundaries, as people travel from one community to another to access services and employment.

    The issues affecting all our communities – economic competitiveness, air quality, goods movement, emergency response, public health and quality of life – are directly impacted by the transportation choices we make as a region.

    Working collaboratively to ensure all communities have a voice in the planning process

    The regional planning process will build on work started in 2014. At that time, transportation planners asked residents and elected officials to identify their collective vision and goals for regional transportation.

    Over the next 18 months, the STPCO planning team will continue to work with communities across the region to:

    • Confirm the vision and goals for regional transportation
    • Define the Regional Transportation Network
    • Identify and evaluate transportation policies, programs and projects

    Establishing a Regional Transportation Network

    The first step in preparing the Regional Transportation Plan is to identify the regionally significant activity areas and the multi-modal transportation network that connects them. These are generally destinations that have a high concentration of employment or population, or that people frequently travel across community boundaries to access.

    Establishing the Regional Transportation Network is important because it will serve as the foundation for the Regional Transportation Plan. Potential projects, policies and programs related to the multi-modal network will be eligible for evaluation as part of the regional transportation planning process.

    Hospitals and major medical facilities, major transportation facilities (e.g. the airport, BC Transit exchanges, Greyhound stations), major sports, recreation, and performing arts facilities, colleges and universities, and secondary French immersion schools, among other locations provide services to the entire Central Okanagan region.

    The highway, road, transit, trails, bike and pedestrian routes that connect people to these types of regional services are considered ‘regionally significant’ and may be identified as part of the multi-modal Regional Transportation Network.

    Integrating with local and regional planning initiatives

    Other transportation and planning work is underway in the Central Okanagan region. The Regional Transportation Plan will be developed within the context of other local and regional planning initiatives such as:

    • Central Okanagan Planning Study
    • City of Kelowna Transportation Master Plan
    • Regional Trails and Bicycling Plan
    • Regional Disruptive Mobility Strategy
    • Regional Household Travel Survey
    • Okanagan Gateway Transportation Study

    Definition: "multi-modal"

    Multi-modal is a term used to describe more than one mode of travel. It can include transit, walking, biking, hiking and driving among others and can refer to the road or trail infrastructure that supports these activities.