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Independent Transit Services (ITS)


What are Independent Transit Services?

Independent transit services are public transportation operating within Metro Vancouver not provided by TransLink, its subsidiaries or contractors. They include high-capacity bus or rail transportation open to the public. Taxis, car/vanpools, inter-regional buses, school buses, narrated “hop-on/hop-off” tourist buses and hotel/casino shuttles are not considered independent transit services.


What are the Benefits of Independent Transit Services?

Independent transit services can improve transportation options for markets or areas in Metro Vancouver that are not served by TransLink’s existing transit network. Independent transit services support TransLink’s commitments in the Regional Transportation Strategy to delivering an integrated and coordinated transportation network through local partnerships.


What is TransLink’s Role?

Under the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (SCBCTA) Act, TransLink is responsible for approving all independent transit service operations in Metro Vancouver. TransLink has an adopted Independent Transit Service Policy to ensure the identification, evaluation and approval of independent transit services are done in a consistent and transparent way. Independent transit services may be permitted to operate if they do not reduce the effectiveness and financial viability of the regional transportation system.

    Contact Us

    If you have questions about existing or potential independent transit services in Metro Vancouver, please contact its@translink.ca.