Transportation in British Columbia

From Dominion of British Columbia

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Transportation in British Columbia is of vital importance to the functioning of British Columbia's society and economy.

Road transport

British Columbia has a well-developed network of highways and trunk roads.

Notable road freight transport companies include CP Transport and its subdivision CP Express, Cal-Van Transport, and Dolphin Express; the transport of goods by road is limited by law - freight may not be transported by road on distances over 150 miles between points connected by rail unless by special authorisation.

Inter-city bus lines of note are Greyhound BC, Pacific Coach Lines, and Maverick Coach Lines.

Rail transport

As in many countries, rail transport is an extremely important component of BC's transportation system. As in the rest of North America, the transport of freight comprises the bulk of rail traffic in the Dominion; however, passenger transport has been and continues to be of major importance in BC - in contrast to railways on the rest of the continent, where the importance of the railway to the movement of passengers declined after the 1960s, outside of eastern Canada, the northeast and west coast of the United States, and Mexico. It is only since the dawn of the 21st century that its significance has started to increase once again on the rest of the continent, with the introduction of true high-speed rail service.

In BC, rail transport is provided by a number of companies, both Crown corporations and privately owned companies.

The price of train tickets in BC is specified by the Ministry of Labour, Industry and Railways in the Schedule of Railway Fares published every three years; this Schedule of Fares is applicable to tickets on all public-service railways in BC.

Current railway companies of BC

Companies based in BC

Companies based outside of BC

Defunct railway companies of BC

Air transport

Commercial air transport also plays an important role in BC, especially in the North and along the central and northern coast, where the road and rail network is less well developed or nonexistent. Air traffic for passenger and freight is provided by a number of Crown corporations and privately owned companies.

As BC's gateway to the world, the most important airport in BC is Grant McConachie International Airport in Vancouver; it is the busiest airport in the Dominion and is the primary airport for overseas services.

Both the Royal BC Air Force and the Royal BC Navy operate regularly scheduled services that are open to the public serving routes in remote areas that are socially essential, but that offer little chance of profitability; these generally operate once a week. The RBCAF also operates scheduled flights between its bases that are open to members of the BCDF and their families.

The registration prefix for civilian aircraft registered in BC is VB.

Maritime transport

Public transit