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Butchart Gardens has been accused of elitism after barring access to the bus stop on its property. No reason was given and the company declined to answer any questions. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Man says Butchart Gardens asked him to pay full entry price to use bus stop

Butchart Gardens says public can use bus stop, but it has limited service

  • Aug 9, 2019
Butchart Gardens has been accused of elitism after barring access to the bus stop on its property. No reason was given and the company declined to answer any questions. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
BC Transit aims to have an entirely electric fleet by 2040 (File Submitted/BC Transit)

BC Transit aims to have all-electric bus fleet by 2040

Greater Victoria will see the province’s first 10 electric buses by 2021

BC Transit aims to have an entirely electric fleet by 2040 (File Submitted/BC Transit)
Christy Ridout, vice president of business development at BC Transit, shows off the new NextRide interface, tracking the bus she’s on. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

BC Transit launches GPS bus tracking system across Greater Victoria

NextRide can now be accessed by all transit passengers

Christy Ridout, vice president of business development at BC Transit, shows off the new NextRide interface, tracking the bus she’s on. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The Province of B.C. has committed to work with the Island Corridor Foundation and First Nations to do an assessment of the E&N rail corridor, which encompasses an area that includes Victoria, Courtenay and Nanaimo. (File photo)

Studies for E&N corridor still on track after BC Transit investments

Recent investment in bus fleet expansion doesn’t slow studies into alternative transportation routes

The Province of B.C. has committed to work with the Island Corridor Foundation and First Nations to do an assessment of the E&N rail corridor, which encompasses an area that includes Victoria, Courtenay and Nanaimo. (File photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right) and BC Premier John Horgan announced new funding towards 118 new buses with BC Transit. Federal, provincial and municipal contributions bring the total spending up to $79 million (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Greater Victoria to see all 10 of the electric buses announced by federal-provincial governments

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $79 million in joint funding for 118 new buses across B.C.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right) and BC Premier John Horgan announced new funding towards 118 new buses with BC Transit. Federal, provincial and municipal contributions bring the total spending up to $79 million (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff questions whether free transit passes will make any difference in encouraging more transit use.                                Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff questions whether free transit passes will make any difference in encouraging more transit use.

Saanich councillor questions effectiveness of free transit passes for youth

Coun. Judy Brownoff said efforts should focus on improving service levels

Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff questions whether free transit passes will make any difference in encouraging more transit use.                                Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff questions whether free transit passes will make any difference in encouraging more transit use.
BC Transit will be releasing its live-tracking system, NextRide in Victoria this month. (Black Press News File)

Live bus tracking system coming to Victoria this month

BC Transit’s NextRide program is set to launch on July 25

BC Transit will be releasing its live-tracking system, NextRide in Victoria this month. (Black Press News File)
Pro choice advocates are upset to see public advertising for what they call an “anti-choice” organization on local bus shelters (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Pro-choice advocates angered by pro-life bus shelter ads in downtown Victoria

Advertisements for Birthright Victoria spark outrage from Access Birth Control

Pro choice advocates are upset to see public advertising for what they call an “anti-choice” organization on local bus shelters (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A BC Transit bus driving on Victoria’s new bus lanes on Douglas Street. (Black Press Media file photo)

Summer transit route increases hit Greater Victoria hotspots starting July 1

Canada Day routes operate on Sunday-level service with select late-night service

A BC Transit bus driving on Victoria’s new bus lanes on Douglas Street. (Black Press Media file photo)
Free transit will be offered to Victoria youth this fall (Black Press File Photo)

Free transit passes coming for Victoria youth this fall

The Victoria Regional Transit Commission voted to green light free passes for youth 18 and under

Free transit will be offered to Victoria youth this fall (Black Press File Photo)
Kristen McKeracher (left) project manager, Victoria Transit Commission chair Susan Brice and Erinn Pinkerton, president and CEO of BC Transit cut the ribbon to unveil the new body and paint shop at 520 Gorge Road E. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

BC Transit unveils new body and paint shop

The new facilty can accomodate double decker buses

Kristen McKeracher (left) project manager, Victoria Transit Commission chair Susan Brice and Erinn Pinkerton, president and CEO of BC Transit cut the ribbon to unveil the new body and paint shop at 520 Gorge Road E. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Currently fares are $2.50 a person, or $5 for a day pass, but those could be eliminated by 2022 (file photo)

Victoria Regional Transit Commission meets to discuss idea of phasing out bus fares

A proposal from the City of Victoria is asking the Commission to find over $40 million elsewhere

Currently fares are $2.50 a person, or $5 for a day pass, but those could be eliminated by 2022 (file photo)
The bus fare box could get the boot, following the City of Victoria’s proposal to drop user fees on BC Transit lines. (Black Press File Photo)

City of Victoria passes proposal to eliminate BC Transit fees

A shift in tax revenue usage could do away with bus fares

The bus fare box could get the boot, following the City of Victoria’s proposal to drop user fees on BC Transit lines. (Black Press File Photo)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has joined six other people on the BC Transit board of directors (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps appointed to BC Transit board of directors

Helps joins six other board members, four of which are locally elected officials

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has joined six other people on the BC Transit board of directors (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
BC Transit had to extend its deadline for the installation of NextRide in Greater Victoria’s fleet because different bus models require more time. The most complicated buses are double decker buses, which take two days. (File photo)

Unveiling of Greater Victoria bus-tracking app delayed

NextRide won’t be coming to Greater Victoria until July

BC Transit had to extend its deadline for the installation of NextRide in Greater Victoria’s fleet because different bus models require more time. The most complicated buses are double decker buses, which take two days. (File photo)
(Victoria News file photo)

Victoria transit tweaks schedules for spring

Construction detours, school routes down, Butchart Gardens up

(Victoria News file photo)
A BC Transit bus heads south along Douglas Street near Finlayson Street. (File Photo).

BC Transit aims to issue limited bans on unruly passengers

Temporary bans are the most common method action despite recent assaults on fleet drivers

A BC Transit bus heads south along Douglas Street near Finlayson Street. (File Photo).
BC Transit has soft-launched the GPS tracking system on some of their buses already, and are planning on having cashless fare systems installed over the next two years. (File photo)

Victoria will be one of the first cities with GPS tracking, digital fare on BC transit buses

Two major technology uprades are underway on buses across the province

BC Transit has soft-launched the GPS tracking system on some of their buses already, and are planning on having cashless fare systems installed over the next two years. (File photo)
Greater Victoria buses are delayed as snow continues to fall across the region. (File Photo)

More BC Transit delays, route closures caused by heavy snowfall

BC Transit is still servicing the University of Victoria

Greater Victoria buses are delayed as snow continues to fall across the region. (File Photo)
Bill Friend, an RDN Transit driver, shuttles people around during a demonstration of NextRide technology. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

BC Transit unveiling real time bus tracking and stop notifications in Victoria

New display system will allow customers to see and hear upcoming bus stop information

  • Jan 16, 2019
Bill Friend, an RDN Transit driver, shuttles people around during a demonstration of NextRide technology. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)