Reading transit schedules

Your guide to the Rider's Guide:

Follow these steps to help guide you through the Kelowna Regional Transit Rider’s Guide, which can be found on any Kelowna Regional Transit bus or where fare products are sold.

 

  • Flip to the map section of the Rider’s Guide and locate your origin (starting point).
  • Locate your destination.
  • Identify the route number(s) that will get you from your point of origin to your destination (note that you might have to walk or cycle a distance to get to bus stops or from your final bus stop to your destination).
  • Locate the route in the guide. For each route there are three different schedules listed: Monday to Friday,
  • Saturday, and Sunday. Schedules are also divided in half by direction, for example “To Rutland” or “To Downtown”.
  • The letters in circles that run across the top of the schedule indicate “timing points” for when the bus will be arriving or leaving a specific location. These timing points are also indicated on the route maps. There are multiple stops located between timing points so if you know which stop you’d like to get off at, you can roughly estimate your arrival time based on where the stop is located in proximity to the nearest timing point.
  • Choose a timing point closest to your destination and look down the column to choose the time that you would like to arrive at your destination.
  • Starting at the timing point nearest your destination, work backwards across the schedule row to your departure time (at the timing point closest to your origin). Remember, if your stop is in between timing points, you’ll have to do some estimating to determine your departure time.
  • Plan to be at your starting bus stop 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled bus departure time.
  • To return back to your start point, repeat steps 6 to 8 for your return trip.

Multiple route trips and transfers

 
  • If your transit trip requires more than one route, ask for a transfer slip. This grants you access to any bus in the system over a 90 minute period.
  • Planning a multi-route trip is like planning a couple single route trips. Determine when you will arrive at the transfer point (exchange, route junction) from your origin, then determine the time the next route will depart from this area. You can then determine your estimated arrival time at your final destination.