Connecting Our Region

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. 

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. 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 economic, social and environmental issues affecting all our communities are directly impacted by the transportation choices we make as a region. Better regional transportation can mean a stronger economy and quality of life. 

Planning process
Timeline

1. Vision, goals and regional transportation network (2018)
2. Existing and future conditions (2019)
3. Transportation scenarios (2019)
4. Governance and implementation strategy (2020)
5. Plan development (2020)

The plan's vision and goals
Vision

A transportation system that connects people to regional destinations within the Central Okanagan and beyond, supporting and enhancing the region’s economy, social networks, and natural ecosystem.

Goals

Safe:
transports people and goods safely

 

Efficient:
minimizes energy, emissions and travel times

 

Sustainable:
creates a net positive social, environmental and economic benefit to the region and future generations

 

Affordable:
provides value to all users while minimizing costs to the users and taxpayers

 

Economic growth: supports regional economic growth

 

 

Equitable:
addresses the transportation needs of all areas, ages and incomes

 

 

Quality of life:
minimizes noise, visual and community effects while supporting community cohesion

 

Environmentally responsible:
minimizes negative effects on the natural ecosystem

 

Multimodal:
increases the variety of travel choices available

 

 

Adaptable:
can change in response to evolving technology and societal trends

 

  

 

Public engagement opportunities

Public consultation will take place throughout the planning process. Stay up to date on input opportunities at smartTRIPS.ca

Vision, goals and regional network (2018) - closed

Residents proveded input by completing an online survey from April 14 to May 7, 2018. 

Over 250 residents attended information kiosks throughout the region during the month of April.

Read the engagement report

Let's talk transportation (2019) - closed

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

On April 24, 2019, 90 people from across the region gathered at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) to take part in an in-depth conversation about the future of transportation in the region. 

To broaden the engagement, we sought input from the general public through a multipart, in-depth questionnaire posted to the smartTRIPS website. In total, 577 people shared their thoughts and opinions. 

Read the engagement report