Transit On-Demand Pilot Program – Bowen Island

The future of transit starts with you.

We need your help testing the future of Transit On-Demand services in our region. Between July 15 and Sept. 15, TransLink will pilot a new app-based service on Bowen Island and everyone is invited to participate.

Transit On-Demand will supplement existing bus routes on Bowen Island, not replace them. Two additional shuttle buses wrapped in white with colourful circles will operate on Bowen Island to provide Transit On-Demand service. The 280, 281 and 282 bus routes will not be affected and will continue to provide regular transit service.

Using the TapRide app, Transit On-Demand service will get you home on weekday evenings and anywhere you want on weekends (within the service zone). Trips can be booked two weeks in advance.

Weekday Evenings: Fixed pick-up from Snug Cove from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Weekends: Flexible pick-up and drop-off anytime between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Pilot participants can take advantage of Transit On-Demand benefits, including:

  • Increased reliability through tracking On-Demand buses in real-time;
  • Extended service hours on weekday evenings; and
  • Expanded service coverage, including Cowan’s Point and Cates Hill.

Book Now


Download the TapRide app and register for an account to be entered to win a $200 gift certificate to a Bowen Island Restaurant.

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Booking a Transit On-Demand trip is easy! Here's how:

  1. Ensure your smartphone is connected to the internet through a cellular or Wi-Fi connection.
  2. Download the TapRide app from the App Store or Google Play and select system: Bowen Island (TransLink).
  3. Create an account.
  4. Drop a pin to set your pick-up and drop-off locations, and submit your trip.
  5. Wait at the pick-up location and look out for a white shuttle bus. You don’t need to flag down On-Demand buses.
  6. On-Demand buses will wait a maximum of three minutes at the requested pick-up location on the weekend.
  7. Board the bus and pay your regular transit fare (using Compass Card, credit card or cash).

Book a ride using a desktop web browser or by calling 778.571.0548 Dispatchers are available during operating hours to assist you with requesting a ride over the phone.

  • For immediate technical assistance with the TapRide system, call customer support at 778.571.0548.
  • For in-person support, visit the Bowen Island Public Library on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the pilot period.
  • For pilot project-related inquiries, email