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Sooke Coun. Jeff Bateman wants to see youth and people in need receive free transit passes for local bus routes. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke councillor pitches another way to improve transit

Coun. Jeff Bateman wants free passes for youth on local routes

Sooke Coun. Jeff Bateman wants to see youth and people in need receive free transit passes for local bus routes. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
BC Transit hands out free masks at Greater Victoria stops

BC Transit hands out free masks at Greater Victoria stops

Sept. 8 event hits three stops across the region

BC Transit hands out free masks at Greater Victoria stops
A cleaner demonstrates how they disinfect the train cars of the Sky Train in Vancouver, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Translink is working to try and provide a safe riding environment for their passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

COVID-19: Masks now mandatory on public transit, ferries in B.C.

BC Ferries, TransLink and BC Transit require masks to board

A cleaner demonstrates how they disinfect the train cars of the Sky Train in Vancouver, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Translink is working to try and provide a safe riding environment for their passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The BC Human Rights Tribunal is hearing a complaint that the City of Victoria’s bike lanes, particularly on Pandora Avenue, are biased against people who are blind. (Black Press Media file photo)

Hearing begins into blind community’s complaint against BC Transit, City of Victoria

Complainant says bike lane infrastructure biased against blind pedestrians

The BC Human Rights Tribunal is hearing a complaint that the City of Victoria’s bike lanes, particularly on Pandora Avenue, are biased against people who are blind. (Black Press Media file photo)
FILE – A near empty waterfront train platform is pictured in downtown Vancouver, Monday, April 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

FILE – A near empty waterfront train platform is pictured in downtown Vancouver, Monday, April 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Alaaliyah Jariwala, left and Sarah Phillips hand out masks at a bus stop outside of the legislature building in Victoria Monday. BC transit launched a province-wide campaign that encourages transit users to wear a mask. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)

BC Transit hands out free masks at Greater Victoria bus stops

Mask handout is part of province-wide campaign encouraging transit etiquette

Alaaliyah Jariwala, left and Sarah Phillips hand out masks at a bus stop outside of the legislature building in Victoria Monday. BC transit launched a province-wide campaign that encourages transit users to wear a mask. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)
Street teams from BC Transit will be giving away free masks at various locations around Greater Victoria on July 20. (BC Transit/Facebook)

BC Transit hands out free masks around Greater Victoria

Masks are not mandatory but passengers are encouraged to mask up

Street teams from BC Transit will be giving away free masks at various locations around Greater Victoria on July 20. (BC Transit/Facebook)
The City of Victoria is considering extending funding for youth bus passes between September and December. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria considers extending free transit passes for youth

Motion for extension of funding comes to council July 16

  • Jul 14, 2020
The City of Victoria is considering extending funding for youth bus passes between September and December. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Transit is investigating a rapid bus action plan for Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rapid bus system could increase frequency, reliability in Greater Victoria

BC Transit studies methods for improving major routes in Capital Region

BC Transit is investigating a rapid bus action plan for Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
CRD board is calling on the provincial and federal governments to step up and help with transit improvements. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD calls on provincial, federal governments to improve Greater Victoria public transit

‘We desperately need more dollars in our system,’ CRD director says

CRD board is calling on the provincial and federal governments to step up and help with transit improvements. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Transit plans to have the first design for their new handyDART bus facility available by July. (Courtesy of BC Transit)

BC Transit seeks public feedback on new handyDART bus facility

Online design input submissions accepted until June 12

BC Transit plans to have the first design for their new handyDART bus facility available by July. (Courtesy of BC Transit)
Some members of the visually impaired community say they are afraid to use the crosswalks at bike lanes when trying to get to a bus stop. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hearing ahead for blind community’s B.C. Human Rights Tribunal case against Victoria bus stops

The Canadian Federation of the Blind says bike lanes can be dangerous

Some members of the visually impaired community say they are afraid to use the crosswalks at bike lanes when trying to get to a bus stop. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
13 new handyDART buses will be replacing previously aging service vehicles throughout Greater Victoria starting on May 28. (Courtesy of BC Transit)
13 new handyDART buses will be replacing previously aging service vehicles throughout Greater Victoria starting on May 28. (Courtesy of BC Transit)
Signs indicating seats which are closed to promote physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic are pictured on a public transit bus in North Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, May 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. transit agencies encourage face masks, step up sanitizing as Phase Two begins

TransLink, BC Transit will both begin to collect fares again on June 1

Signs indicating seats which are closed to promote physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic are pictured on a public transit bus in North Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, May 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A teen suspect is in custody after allegedly stealing a BC Transit bus and crashing it into a rock wall in View Royal. (Black Press Media file photo)

Teen suspect in custody after allegedly crashing stolen bus into rock wall

After a quick break in View Royal, driver returns to find his bus gone

A teen suspect is in custody after allegedly stealing a BC Transit bus and crashing it into a rock wall in View Royal. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Transit is putting vinyl shields up on its smaller buses to limit drivers’ exposure to COVID-19. (File contributed/ BC Transit)

BC Transit reinstates fares, front door loading in June

Vinyl shields to be installed on all buses without full driver doors to support distancing

BC Transit is putting vinyl shields up on its smaller buses to limit drivers’ exposure to COVID-19. (File contributed/ BC Transit)
BC Transit has taken a number of precautions to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus, such as limiting the number of passengers on board, along with installing vinyl barriers in some buses. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Greater Victoria bus ridership down 75 per cent amid pandemic

BC Transit shifts to summer service early to balance demand and resources

BC Transit has taken a number of precautions to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus, such as limiting the number of passengers on board, along with installing vinyl barriers in some buses. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
BC Transit extends free fare, installs vinyl barriers in some buses
BC Transit extends free fare, installs vinyl barriers in some buses
BC Transit halted late night service in Victoria effective April. 3(Twitter/@BCTransit)

Spring shift in service includes no weekend late night bus services in Greater Victoria

Annual shift into spring sees additional decrease in frequency on multiple routes

BC Transit halted late night service in Victoria effective April. 3(Twitter/@BCTransit)
BC Transit is waiving all fares and directing riders to enter through the back door of buses across B.C. effective immediately. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
BC Transit is waiving all fares and directing riders to enter through the back door of buses across B.C. effective immediately. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)