BC Transit

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena called it an “exciting moment” to see the province’s first 100 per cent electric bus hit the streets of Victoria, and hopes it is just the start of building an entirely electric fleet for BC Transit. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Electric BC Transit bus officially joins Victoria fleet

Fully electric, zero emissions vehicle first of its kind to go into regular service in B.C.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena called it an “exciting moment” to see the province’s first 100 per cent electric bus hit the streets of Victoria, and hopes it is just the start of building an entirely electric fleet for BC Transit. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
(Black Press file photo)

Seasonal transit changes take effect July 2

Improved service to popular summer destinations

(Black Press file photo)
Malahat closure snarls traffic

Malahat closure snarls traffic

Trans-Canada Highway reopens to traffic early Friday morning

Malahat closure snarls traffic
Snow cancels, alters transit routes across Greater Victoria

Snow cancels, alters transit routes across Greater Victoria

Buses will not be stopping on steep hills, says BC Transit

  • Feb 21, 2018
Snow cancels, alters transit routes across Greater Victoria
Public input wanted on regional handyDART facility in View Royal

Public input wanted on regional handyDART facility in View Royal

BC Transit has applied for rezoning of 2401 Burnside Rd.

Public input wanted on regional handyDART facility in View Royal
The West Shore RCMP are searching for a vehicle of interest in connection to an incident last week when pellets were shot at a B.C. Transit bus. (West Shore RCMP photo)
The West Shore RCMP are searching for a vehicle of interest in connection to an incident last week when pellets were shot at a B.C. Transit bus. (West Shore RCMP photo)
HandyDART riders will see no service disruption, after a tentative agreement was reached Wednesday between the union representing drivers and the employer, First Canada, a contractor to BC Transit. News file photo

Victoria handyDART strike averted

Union recommends approval of tentative agreement, members to vote next Monday

HandyDART riders will see no service disruption, after a tentative agreement was reached Wednesday between the union representing drivers and the employer, First Canada, a contractor to BC Transit. News file photo
Colwood resident Joe Hronek recently retired after 38 years as a bus driver with B.C. Transit. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff)

Looking back at a 38-year career with B.C. Transit

Time to pursue other passions, bus driver says

  • Jan 24, 2018
Colwood resident Joe Hronek recently retired after 38 years as a bus driver with B.C. Transit. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff)
A BC Transit bus heads south along Douglas Street near Finlayson Street mid-morning. Work begins this week to convert the southbound curb lane between Tolmie and Hillside avenues into a full-time dedicated bus lane. When the project is completed, both sides of Douglas from Tolmie to Fisgard Street will become 24/7 transit lanes. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Shaving minutes off commutes among the goals for Victoria bus lanes

Work on southbound Douglas Street lane between Tolmie and Hillside getting underway

A BC Transit bus heads south along Douglas Street near Finlayson Street mid-morning. Work begins this week to convert the southbound curb lane between Tolmie and Hillside avenues into a full-time dedicated bus lane. When the project is completed, both sides of Douglas from Tolmie to Fisgard Street will become 24/7 transit lanes. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
The potential strike announced to start as early as Monday by operators and staff of BC Transit’s handyDART serviced has been delayed until at least next Thursday due to action by contractor First Canada. Black Press files

UPDATE: BC Transit’s handyDart service strike in Victoria delayed

LRB application by contractor means new strike notice must be issued by union

The potential strike announced to start as early as Monday by operators and staff of BC Transit’s handyDART serviced has been delayed until at least next Thursday due to action by contractor First Canada. Black Press files
Strike could start Monday for handyDart

Strike could start Monday for handyDart

BC Transit warns users to find alternate transportation

  • Jan 19, 2018
Strike could start Monday for handyDart
Harling Point residents petitioned to save their neighbourhood bus stop after new BC Transit changes removed it from the #3 route starting January 2018. BC Transit responded to the concerns of the community and has since reinstated and expanded service to Harling Point. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Harling Point gets transit service reinstated

“Our community is thrilled. It’s great to get some good news and show our kids how important civic engagement is!”

Harling Point residents petitioned to save their neighbourhood bus stop after new BC Transit changes removed it from the #3 route starting January 2018. BC Transit responded to the concerns of the community and has since reinstated and expanded service to Harling Point. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)
BC Transit is hosting a driver recruitment event for hospitality workers today (Oct. 30) at the Inn at Laurel Point. Black Press file photo

BC Transit hosting driver recruitment event today in Victoria

Hospitality industry workers targeted for full-time operator positions

BC Transit is hosting a driver recruitment event for hospitality workers today (Oct. 30) at the Inn at Laurel Point. Black Press file photo
Victoria web developer Owen Lett, who designed an easy-to-use transit map of Greater Victoria as a hobby project, hopes his map makes using public transit easier. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Victoria man simplifies regional bus route

New map focuses on trip planning, bus frequency

Victoria web developer Owen Lett, who designed an easy-to-use transit map of Greater Victoria as a hobby project, hopes his map makes using public transit easier. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
UPDATED: Harling Point neighbourhood protests BC Transit service cuts

UPDATED: Harling Point neighbourhood protests BC Transit service cuts

Harling Point residents petition to save their neighbourhood bus stop after new BC Transit changes remove it from the #3 bus route

UPDATED: Harling Point neighbourhood protests BC Transit service cuts
A passenger waits for the No. 50 bus at the Langford Exchange on Station Avenue, home of the West Shore’s main bus service into downtown Victoria. Joel Tansey/
News Gazette staff

West Shore on the Go (Part 3 of 3): Councillors from Langford, Colwood look for solutions

‘We have to start looking creatively at how we’re going to move people:’ Colwood councillor

A passenger waits for the No. 50 bus at the Langford Exchange on Station Avenue, home of the West Shore’s main bus service into downtown Victoria. Joel Tansey/
News Gazette staff
A passenger waits for the #50 bus at the Langford Exchange, the West Shore’s main bus service into downtown Victoria. One reader writes that the regional transit commission needs to stop treating the West Shore as the back country. Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff

Victoria Transit Commission must take regional approach to bus service

Treating West Shore as the back country doesn’t work today

  • Apr 23, 2017
A passenger waits for the #50 bus at the Langford Exchange, the West Shore’s main bus service into downtown Victoria. One reader writes that the regional transit commission needs to stop treating the West Shore as the back country. Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff
Sylvie Ghanem waits for a bus in her View Royal neighbourhood. Ghanem lived in Vienna with her husband, where public transit use was strongly encouraged. They took that mentality and passed it on to their kids, but their youngest daughter simply couldn’t make a commute by bus work for her. Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff

WEST SHORE ON THE GO (Part 2 of 3): Service gaps make transit tough on some riders

Regular riders find the bus to be inconvenient when not making a simple round trip

Sylvie Ghanem waits for a bus in her View Royal neighbourhood. Ghanem lived in Vienna with her husband, where public transit use was strongly encouraged. They took that mentality and passed it on to their kids, but their youngest daughter simply couldn’t make a commute by bus work for her. Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff