Fun Facts

Buses are an important part of our communities for so many reasons!

How many bus rides are there each year?

Our buses take people to work, school, and activities every day in British Columbia. But just how many bus rides are there? 57 million! There are only 5.24 million people living in all of British Columbia!

And think about this: 57 million rides a year is about two people stepping onto a bus every second all day long for a year.

Can you imagine if we didn’t have buses in BC and every single one of those bus rides was a car ride instead? There would be cars everywhere!

How many kilometers do our buses drive each year?

In total, our thousands of BC Transit Bus Drivers drive about 56 million kilometers each year!
That equals 1,397 times around the Earth. That’s a lot of kilometers!

How many total hours of driving do our buses drive each year?

If we added up all the hours spent driving each year of all our thousands of bus drivers, it would be 2.4 million hours. That’s 100,000 days – or 274 years – of driving!

How many bus systems are there in BC?

BC Transit operates buses in over 50 communities in British Columbia! Can you find your community on the map?

How many buses are there in BC?

BC Transit has 1,133 buses in our fleet! These are all different types of buses, from small buses to long buses to even double-decker buses! Check out the “Meet our Fleet” page to learn more about each type of bus.

Meet Our Fleet

Get to know our buses!

BC Transit runs a fleet of about 1133 buses in British Columbia. Each bus is fully accessible which means that everyone in your community is able to ride on them.

Each bus has its own special superpower! This gives each of them different jobs in your community.

Read below to find out more about our 4 main types of buses.

Double Decker Buses

High Capacity Buses

Fancy names: Enviro500 LHD, Enviro500, Enviro500H, Trident III
How many are there in service? 83
How many people can it hold? Up to 105
Wheelchair Positions: 2
Where do we use this bus? We use Double Decker buses in places where the most people live.
Vehicle Weight: 23 700-24 200 kg OR 5 Adult Elephants!

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Double Decker Superpowers:

They are our highest and longest bus of the fleet!

Double Deckers are 13 metres long – about the length of a Humpback whale!
Double Deckers are 4.26 metres high – about the height of a Giraffe!

Heavy Duty Buses

Fancy Names: LFS (Nova), XN40 Xcelsior, DE40LF Hybrid, D40LF
How many are there in service? 542
How many people can it hold? Up to 80
Wheelchair Positions: 1 or 2 depending on the bus
Where do we use this bus? This bus is our most common bus! We use these in almost every large and medium-sized bus system in British Columbia.
Vehicle Weight: 18 750 – 19 400 kg or 4 Adult Elephants

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Heavy Duty Superpowers:

12 metres long – about the length of a telephone pole!

Did you know you could bring your bike on the bus? All of these buses have a bike rack at the front!

These buses can ‘kneel’ down! This makes the front door lower and more even with the curb to make it easier to board the bus. There is even a built-in ramp so baby strollers and wheelchairs can ride the bus!

Medium Duty Buses

Fancy names: Vicinity CNG
How many are there in service? 190
How many people can it hold? Up to 50
Wheelchair Positions: 1 or 2 depending on the bus
Where do we use this bus? This bus is usually in service in communities where not a lot of people live. They drive on routes that come less-often, and are not as busy as the bigger routes.
Vehicle Weight: 13 200 – 16 000kg or 3 Adult Elephants!

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Medium Duty Superpowers:

Most of these buses run on Compressed Natural Gas instead of diesel. Compressed Natural Gas-powered buses are quieter and emit less greenhouse gas emissions into our environment. This makes for cleaner air!

The communities of Langford, Nanaimo, Kamloops and Whistler all have a Compressed Natural Gas fleet of buses.

Light Duty Buses

Fancy Names: Aero Elite 320, Spirit of Mobility, Spirit of Freedom, G5 and Sprinter
How many are there in service? 347
How many people can it hold? 12-30 depending on the bus
Wheelchair Positions: Up to 6
Where do we use this bus? At BC Transit, we believe that everybody should be able to ride the bus! HandyDARTs are a door-to-door bus service for people who would have difficulty using regular buses.
Vehicle Weight: 10 000 kg or 4 Baby Elephants!

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Light Duty Superpowers:
They are the most accessible buses in our fleet – some of them can hold up to 6 wheelchair users!

Instead of entering at the front like the rest of the fleet, these buses load wheelchair users through the back doors using a special lift.

What is a Transit Operator?

Transit operators are the most important people of BC Transit – they are our Bus Drivers! Can you imagine driving something as big as a bus? It takes months of training to become a Transit Operator!

Our Transit Operators do more than just drive the bus too.

They also:

● Check their bus to make sure it is safe for us to ride on
● Do their best to be on time to each bus stop in order to keep to their bus route and time schedule, which is important
● Answer questions and help riders find their way around
● Make sure everyone can get on the bus safely, including customers with accessibility needs or with a baby stroller
● Help with emergencies on the road when it is safe to do so

Transit Operators provide an important service to our communities. Did you know that if you ever get lost or feel scared, you could get on a bus and tell the bus driver? Bus drivers are community superheroes!

How do Buses Help Our Community?

Buses are important in our community for many reasons!

Buses are a form of public transportation, or public transit for short. Public means that all people can access a service. Transportation means moving people and things from one place to another. People use different types of public transportation to get from place to place. Buses, trains and ferries are all types of public transportation!

Some people depend on buses to get to their jobs because they may not have a car or another way to get there. Many people take the bus because they want to reduce their impact on the environment. Most communities have some kind of public transportation service.

In small communities, people may walk or ride their bikes to places they need to go. As a community grows, its public transit system grows too! Buses help people get to places faster. If you have more people living in a community, more people may need the bus to get around. BC Transit provides bus services in communities big and small across British Columbia, outside of the Greater Vancouver area.

Questions to think about:
-What are some other ways buses are important?

-What makes public transit accessible to everyone?

-Do we need buses in communities?

-How many buses does a community need?

-What would people do without buses?

Are you looking to explore a BC Transit bus?

Check out our Virtual Tour to understand the bus before you board.