Connecting Our Region

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The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) identifies transportation projects and priorities that will help build and maintain a healthy, thriving and connected future for the Central Okanagan region.

The RTP will help improve the movement of people and goods and create a region where more people can choose sustainable and affordable transportation options.

This long-range, high-level plan establishes a framework of priorities over the next 20 years so communities can plan and seek funding collaboratively, as a unified region.

Review the draft plan and participate in the virtual open house by August 23, 2020 for a chance to win a $700

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) identifies transportation projects and priorities that will help build and maintain a healthy, thriving and connected future for the Central Okanagan region.

The RTP will help improve the movement of people and goods and create a region where more people can choose sustainable and affordable transportation options.

This long-range, high-level plan establishes a framework of priorities over the next 20 years so communities can plan and seek funding collaboratively, as a unified region.

Review the draft plan and participate in the virtual open house by August 23, 2020 for a chance to win a $700 gift card to a local bike shop of your choice.



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.

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

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    11 June, 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 July, 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.