Transit extends weekend night routes, ups service levels across Greater Victoria

Says bus lanes have helped improve BC Transit service frequencies

A number of Greater Victoria bus routes will get a boost after Labour Day.

BC Transit announced that after Sept. 3 that frequency on route 26 (UVic/Dockyard) and route 39 (Westhills/Interurban/UVic) will be brought up to “frequent transit network” meaning they will run at least every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. rather than the previous 30-minute frequency.

Additionally, BC Transit is extending service by one hour on Friday and Saturday nights for routes 4 (UVic/Downtown), 6 (Downtown/Royal Oak Exchange), 14 (UVic/Vic General), 15 (Esquimalt/UVic),27 (Gordon Head/Downtown), 28 (Majestic/Downtown) and 50 (Langford/Downtown) – with final trips out of downtown Victoria leaving at 2:30 a.m.

READ ALSO: BC Transit launches GPS bus tracking system across Greater Victoria

“BC Transit is pleased to announce the extension of late night service in Greater Victoria,” said Erinn Pinkerton, president and CEO of BC Transit. “The addition of the late night service will give customers in the Victoria Regional Transit System a safe and reliable transportation option when heading home after work or a night out. I’m proud to introduce this new service based on feedback from customers and businesses in Victoria.”

Other improvements on the Victoria Regional Transit System include higher service levels for over a dozen routes in order to reflect higher ridership levels during school seasons. Those routes include: 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 35, 39, 52, 59, 60 and 72.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena is happy to see more British Columbians using transit.

“It is as an affordable way to get around and, of course, cuts congestion and lowers our carbon footprint,” she said in a statement. “To meet this increased demand, we are working with BC Transit to make transit in Greater Victoria more frequent and so, more convenient.”



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police watchdog looking for witnesses to arrests in Victoria’s inner harbour

One male left injured after arrests near Red Fish Blue Fish

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

Saanich Peninsula Branch of Royal Canadian Legion leaves North Saanich after 90 years

Branch will temporarily operate out of SHOAL Centre for Seniors

Clothing, jewelry, purses: RCMP ask court about disposal of evidence in Robert Pickton case

Pickton was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of six women

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

Comox 442 Squadron carries out two sea rescue missions north of Vancouver Island

Submitted by Lt. Alexandra Hejduk Special to Black Press 442 Transport and… Continue reading

Most Read