Okanagan College Transit Exchange & KLO Road Improvements
As part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 project, a new Transit Exchange will be built on KLO Road.
The new exchange, fronting Okanagan College on KLO Road, was developed based on consultation with the community through three open houses, and various traffic studies. The transit and roadway improvements will increase the functionality and comfort of the current transit amenities, while providing a traffic calmed environment intended to reduce vehicle speeds.
- Improvements along KLO Road, including a landscaped centre median between Campus East and Campus West Roads
- New transit pullouts and stops on KLO Road
- Improved pedestrian crossings
- Widened bike lanes
- Improved pedestrian/cycle connectivity and linkages
- Transit signal priority at KLO Road/Gordon Drive intersection
- More efficient transit service through future access to the Gordon Drive frequent transit network
Design and Construction Management
MMM Group Limited has been awarded the contract to provide final design and construction management for the transit exchange and related infrastructure improvements. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2014.
Current transit facilities at Okanagan College are located within the main entrance to the college and pose a safety concern to pedestrians with unrestricted vehicle access in the bus loop. The area is also unable to accommodate all necessary transit services.
In 2009, Okanagan College and the City of Kelowna retained OPUS International Consulting to conduct a Okanagan College Sustainable Transportation Plan, Traffic Operations and Safety Review. This review identified a number of safety concerns related to the current condition and function of the existing transit loop.
The exchange is one of many transit projects in Kelowna that are part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase Two and Three Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region.
RapidBus connects people to their destinations easier and faster, and builds a sustainable, efficient transportation network within the region.
Regional Projects Manager