Saturday, November 28, 2020


Transportation

BC Transit calls for proposals to begin electric bus replacement in Victoria

The new buses would begin operation in summer 2022.
Rapid Transit

Victoria approves motion to provide free bus passes to unhoused population

"This is our small contribution for the next three months to make sure that people can actually get to the showers."

BC Ferries offering free travel to military personnel on Remembrance Day

A two minute silence will be observed on ships and terminals at 11 a.m. on November 11

City of Victoria will consider motion to provide free bus passes to homeless

Council will deliberate the motion on Thursday.

COVID-19 exposure alert issued for two WestJet flights to Victoria

Both were travelling from Calgary earlier this month.
Queen of Alberni

Mechanical issues put BC Ferries’ Queen of Alberni out of service

Two other vessels are currently being refit and weren't available to assist.

Winter tires are now required on BC highways as of October 1st

This includes the Malahat and Sooke Road (Highway 14).

Feds refuse to budge on keeping BC Ferries passengers out of vehicles starting tomorrow

"I did raise this forcefully with the federal government," said NDP leader John Horgan on Tuesday morning.

Transportation ministry warns of traffic delays on highway near Sooke

Construction on Highway 14 is expected to take place until late October.
BC Transit Bus Lane

60 new CNG buses added to Victoria’s BC Transit fleet so far this year

The average age of the fleet has dropped from 12 years to 9.8.

Federal, provincial governments announce $1B funding for public transit in B.C.

Through a 50/50 cost share agreement.

‘Unwelcome intrusion’: Horgan disappointed at Transport Canada reversal on ferry rules

Starting Sept. 30, BC Ferries passengers will no longer be allowed to stay in their vehicles on the lower deck.

Uber plans to launch in Victoria and Kelowna by end of 2020

Their application is expected to take 3 months to process.

BC Ferries passengers will no longer be allowed to stay in their vehicles starting...

Due to Transport Canada rescinding the temporary flexibility introduced in the spring.
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit will be handing out face masks at bus stops across Victoria

In an effort to create awareness about the new mandatory face covering policy.

28 new electric vehicle charging stations will be installed on Vancouver Island

Funded jointly by federal, provincial, and local governments.

B.C. health officials applaud WestJet’s new policy to collect passengers’ contact information

The move will help public health officials contact trace in the event of a positive COVID-19 case aboard a flight.
Hybrid ships

BC Ferries reports $62 million loss in first quarter of fiscal year

$12.2 million net earnings in the same time period last year

BC Ferries now eligible to receive federal bailout funds

Part of a $1 billion fund earmarked by the federal and provincial governments to support transit in the region

Highway upgrades near Langford are 50% complete: Ministry of Transportation

""There were too many accidents occurring on this stretch of road...," said Minister Claire Trevena.

BC Ferries issues advisory, tips for smooth sailing ahead of August long weekend

They expect a busy weekend of travel ahead.

25 new natural gas BC Transit buses to start operating in Victoria

80 of these buses are expected to operate in Victoria by the end of the year

More food services, gift shops to reopen on BC Ferries vessels this week

Last month, the company announced an expansion of their summer schedule

BC Ferries adds nearly 80 more sailings per week to Vancouver Island, mainland routes

This is the second expansion of their summer route schedule starting July

B.C. slashes licence fees for taxi operators amid COVID-19

These measures also apply to limousine operators

$2M funding announced for pedestrian, cycling infrastructure on Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands

That includes two projects in the Greater Victoria region

Construction on $19.2 million Pat Bay Highway overpass to begin in July

This preliminary work may lead to lane closures and minor delays through July and August

BC Ferries resuming service on Brentwood Bay route starting Wednesday

The route was paused in April at the height of the pandemic

BC Ferries expands summer schedule, expects 2-3 years before traffic returns to normal

120 more sailings per week than what's been available in the month of June, for major routes

WestJet to resume dozens of flights across Canada and U.S. in July

They've announced 39 stops in Canada, five in the U.S. and one in Mexico
BC Ferries

BC Ferries passengers must start carrying face mask on board starting today

People will be asked to put them on in situations where physical distancing is not possible

BC Ferries increasing service on Southern Gulf Island routes starting June 9

Some of these routes were suspended due to COVID-19.

ICBC to resume all knowledge tests on June 1st, but no word on when...

There is no timeline in place for when road tests will resume

Cruise ships that carry over 100 passengers banned from Canadian waters until October

This season, it was estimated that 300 cruise ships and 770,000 passengers would arrive in Victoria.

Colwood launches online survey on permanently closing road to Esquimalt Lagoon for vehicles

Ocean Boulevard was temporarily closed to vehicles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Victoria just got 13 new handyDART buses from BC Transit

As part of a plan to roll out 70 new buses across B.C.

BC Ferries will resume Nanaimo Departure Bay to Vancouver Horseshoe Bay route on June...

As part of plans to restore higher service levels across the fleet

Air Canada releases summer schedule with nearly 100 destinations to choose from

And they have resumed flights to the US as of today,
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit to implement summer service levels starting May 25

Fare collection will resume on June 1

Victoria Clipper will suspend services until July 3 due to border closure extension

The Coho's ferry service also remains suspended at this time.

Youth in Victoria can apply for free monthly bus passes online

The passes will then be mailed to their home.

BC Ferries fill up with passengers to islands ahead of long weekend as capacity...

Authorities have been advising against non-essential travel this Victoria Day long weekend

MV Coho extends sailing cancellations between Victoria and Washington until June 30

The Clipper's ferry service also remains suspended at this time.
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