B.C. Transit buses is Kamloops to be equipped with new tracking technology

By Pete McIntyre / Chad Harris
July 19, 2016 - 4:58pm

KELOWNA, B.C. — New funding has been announced for BC Transit projects.

Premier Christy Clark made the announcement in Kelowna this morning (July 19).

"We are the first province in the country to sign a bilateral agreement with the federal government to support transit, and that means about $160 million in new investment in transit outside the Lower Mainland," says Clark.

Clark says the funding will be used for new facilities, buses and technologies that will improve safety for passengers and drivers, and make the system more convenient and efficient.

The $11.8 million for new technology will include closed-circuit TV's being added to buses, along with real-time information and automatic passenger counters.

According to a government press release, the City of Kamloops is receiving 19 new compressed natural gas buses.

“Kamloops transit users are going to see some important new benefits over the next couple of years with the conveniences of modern technologies like real-time schedule information and bus locator technology. And the addition of 19 new cleaner burning CNG fuelled buses means that transit users can rest easy knowing they are contributing to reducing our carbon footprint one bus ride at a time," said Todd Stone in a news release.

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