Wednesday, July 15, 2020


Transportation

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
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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.

ICBC could see $1 billion losses for upcoming fiscal year after 100K drivers cancel...

But insurance claims dropped by nearly 50 per cent with fewer drivers on the road between mid-March and May 2

BC Transit enters $850K agreement to retrofit all buses will full driver doors by...

The doors are already being installed on bus fleets in Victoria and Nanaimo

Greater Victoria gas prices up by almost 10 cents since last week

Prices spiked after the announcement to start increasing economic activity in B.C.
A windstorm is affecting the BC Ferries schedule

BC Ferries adds additional sailings to major Vancouver Island route

All sailings will maintain the 50 per cent passenger capacity reduction.

Dashcam footage shows semi-truck swerve dangerously close to vehicle on Pat Bay Hwy (VIDEO)

"I believe [the driver] knew full well what he was doing."

BC Transit will start collecting fares, resume front door boarding on June 1

After two and a half months of free service

BC Ferries increasing passenger capacity on two major Vancouver Island routes

Starting May 7th and May 11th, respectively.
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit will continue free service and rear door boarding throughout May

Transit users will not need to buy monthly passes or other fares for May

Car-share company Zipcar will cease operations in B.C. as of May 1

The company has been operating in B.C. since 2007
mckenzie interchange

Sections of Mckenzie Interchange and Langford Parkway to undergo highway resurfacing

Work will be happening during the day and overnight due to reduced traffic amid COVID-19

ICBC waiving cancellation and re-plating fees for those who cancel insurance during pandemic

Companies can also suspend their fleet insurance to save money.

Harbour Air will resume flights between Victoria and Vancouver this month

Exactly one month after they announced a temporary suspension of services

24 Vancouver Island mayors implore Dr. Henry to implement stricter BC Ferries travel restrictions

After Easter long weekend saw an influx of non-essential travellers to the island
BC Transit Bus Lane

Another section of new southbound Douglas Street transit lane is now complete

From Fisgard Street in downtown Victoria to the Highway 1-Burnside Road overpass in Saanich

Nearly 40,000 people sign petition to restrict access to Vancouver Island

The ferries, currently running on 50% capacity, do not have the authority to refuse service to non-essential travellers

Greater Victoria gas prices fall below $1/litre for the first time since 2016

It dropped to 99.9 cents per litre on Thursday

BC Ferries announces changes, cuts to Southern Gulf Islands sailings during pandemic

After Transport Canada ordered ferries to stop non-essential travel
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit will continue to waive fees, use rear-door boarding until April 30th

Light duty buses will have vinyl panels installed to protect drivers and passengers alike

This taxi company in Victoria is offering health care workers free transportation to and...

The Tesla-only fleet offers a "touchless" ride for passengers.
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
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