Victoria regional transit services altered due to changing demand and staff shortages – Vancouver Island Free Daily



BC Transit is adjusting some of its routes in the region starting April 4, part of which will see increased service to Swartz Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)

Alteration of Victoria Regional Transit services due to changing demand and staff shortages

Earlier arrivals before sailing at Swartz Bay as part of BC Transit changes scheduled for April 4




Three BC Transit service changes take effect April 4, affecting travel across James Bay, to Swartz Bay and to post-secondary institutions.

The James Bay and Royal Jubilee routes (routes 3 and 10) will now loop through James Bay and return to the Royal Jubilee Hospital on their respective alignments, instead of looping and interlining across the James Bay.

Adjustments have also been made to routes 70 to 72 from downtown Victoria to Swartz Bay to accommodate increased BC Ferries traffic. Route 70 trips will arrive at Swartz Bay earlier to provide more flexibility in the event of a ferry delay, while Routes 71 and 72 will see increased service.

Services to routes serving post-secondary institutions, including the University of Victoria and Camosun College, have been reduced to meet demand.

BC Transit also reminds the public of its active recruitment of bus drivers in Greater Victoria and across the province, noting that it is facing a “labour shortage like many other customer-facing organizations “Said a press release. “Due to these ongoing labor challenges, this service change includes temporary service reductions on select transit routes in the region. »


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Melvin Z. Madore