Monday, April 6, 2020


Transportation

Rapid Transit

BC Transit announces reduction in service in addition to annual Spring changes

No more late night service on Fridays and Saturdays
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit sees up to 70% less ridership due to COVID-19 closures

There are no current plans to block out seats to enforce physical distancing on buses

BCCDC confirms COVID-19 exposure in West Jet flight to Victoria last week

Several flights landing in Vancouver recently have also reported confirmed coronavirus cases

ICBC to defer monthly payments for up to 90 days amid COVID-19 concerns

License renewals will also be available over the phone.

BC Ferries announces 1.5% fuel rebate, advises against non-essential travel

The company has not been instructed to restrict travel at this time

BC Ferries suspends all food service, donates perishables to Victoria charity

2,400 pounds of food was donated to the Rainbow Kitchen

Coho cancels sailings between Victoria and Washington starting March 30 amid COVID-19 pandemic

Until then, it will facilitate the return of U.S. and Canadian citizens back to their home countries.
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit will start cancelling daily trips in Victoria due to reduced ridership

"We recognize this is a fluid situation and will update customers on a day-by-day basis..."

Air Canada announces gradual suspension of majority of international flights by March 31

The airline will reduce its international network from 101 airports to six until at least April 30
BC Ferries

BC Ferries reduces sailings for two more days amid lower demand due to COVID-19

They are also waiting to hear back from Transport Canada about closed car deck regulations

New seasonal flight service between Victoria and Tofino to launch May 9th

The 40-minute flight will cost $109/per passenger one-way

Saanich seeks public input on improving Prospect Lake Road safety

They're teaming up with ICBC to conduct a road safety review

Air Canada cancels all flights to and from China until April 10

The suspension was initially supposed to last til February 29th

Victoria transit commission rejects motion to expand free bus pass program for youth

The City of Victoria first introduced the program in December 2019

Highway connecting Tofino-Ucluelet will close for 24 hours this weekend due to construction

Last month, Tofino and Ucluelet were cut off from the rest of the island for several days.
BC Transit Bus Lane

Section of new Douglas Street priority bus lane opening next week

The full project is expected to be complete by end of April 2020

Malahat highway traffic blocked after dump truck rollover crash

Soutbound traffic is backed up

BC Ferries announces over 20 additional sailings ahead of Family Day long weekend

Particularly for the Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay route

Local carsharing cooperative announces first ever wheelchair accessible van in Victoria

In addition to the 100+ vehicles they already have in their fleet!
ride-hailing

Victoria’s first ride-hailing company has been approved for operation

Kabu Ride Inc. is one of the latest to be approved by the Passenger Transportation Board
Insurance

Insurance in BC costs 42% more than it does in Alberta (REPORT)

A new driver would pay ICBC $4,319 a year to insure a Honda Civic, the report says

BC Ferries awards $92M contract to Polish company for new LNG vessel

It will operate in the Southern Gulf Islands starting 2022
Nikki Sanchez discusses racial profiling incident

Indigenous woman’s post about racial profiling incident at Victoria airport goes viral

A WestJet attendant allegedly claimed she was drunk and barred her from flying

First of new BC Transit bus fleet arrive in Victoria

Two of the 80 new buses expected in 2020 will hit the streets this winter

Drivers advised of delays as crews begin working on Trans Canada Hwy project on...

The $10 million safety improvement project began in September
bc airline pacific coastal

B.C. airline offering extra flight to isolated Tofino, Ucluelet

Highway 4 is still mostly blocked after a scheduled blast went wrong
hybrid ships

BC Ferries’ new hybrid ships dock at Point Hope Maritime tomorrow in Victoria

Here’s how and where you can watch the unloading!

Uber and Lyft have officially been approved to operate in parts of BC

But ride sharing applications have been declined for Vancouver Island
Hybrid ships

New BC Ferries hybrid ships arrive in Victoria tomorrow

They dock at Ogden Point before heading up island

Plane bound for Victoria lands in Vancouver after hitting bird

There were 31 passengers aboard the WestJet flight from Calgary
Hybrid ships

BC Ferries has cancelled over 30 sailings due to high winds

There are wind and rain warnings for much of Vancouver Island and the gulf coast.

View Royal will receive a new $32M HandyDART operations facility

It will be able to accommodate 110 buses
Hybrid ships

BC Ferries’ first hybrid electric vessels will reach Victoria by early 2020

They started their journey from Romania last month.

Over 25% of Malahat crashes are caused by driver inattentiveness (REPORT)

ICBC data breaks down all Malahat crashes over the past decade.

B.C. transportation board grants first-ever ride-sharing license

Lyft and Uber are still waiting to hear back about their licenses.
Fog

Province says building emergency detour route for Malahat not feasible (REPORT)

Due to collateral impacts and associated costs of the proposed routes

BC Ferries removes 1.5% fuel surcharge starting December 17

Due to a decrease in the price of diesel
swoop

Ultra-budget Swoop Airlines are landing in Victoria in 2020

Did someone say cheap flights? 🙋🏻‍♀️
Rapid Transit

BC Transit will phase in wider bike racks on their buses in 2020

The new racks can fit up to three-inch tires.

BC Ferries adds over 170 extra sailings between December 19 and January 1

Most of them are scheduled for the Victoria - Vancouver route

Harbour Air successfully flies world’s first electric commercial aircraft (VIDEO)

Sky's the limit for clean, green transportation! ✈️

Traffic reduced to one lane on Pat Bay Highway due to vehicle incident

Expect delays due to heavy congestion
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