BC Transit Bus Lane
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The new year brought a host of changes to some of Victoria’s bus routes, according to BC Transit.

Since January 2nd, the altered bus routes have been mostly redirected from Blanshard Street to Douglas Street.

The changed routes are:

  • 30/31 Royal Oak/Downtown
  • 32 Royal Oak/Cordova Bay
  • 70/71 Downtown/Swartz Bay
  • 72 Downtown/Swartz Bay
  • 75 Royal Oak/Downtown/Saanichton

BC Transit says the changes were made largely to take advantage of the new Douglas Street bus lanes, and to support the Victoria Transit Future Plan strategy.

Many of the changed bus routes pass by Uptown shopping centre, and the traffic strategy aims to make Uptown a future transit exchange.

Overall, BC Transit believes the new routes will be more efficient, and should allow busses to remain on schedule with greater consistency.

According to the public transit service, the changes were made following “recent feedback from customers, front line staff, major employers and area local governments,” says BC Transit.

Public transit commuters travelling south into the downtown core should note that the altered routes have ceased service to some southbound Blanshard bus routes.

More information on the specific changes to the bus routes can be found in BC Transit’s announcement here.

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