Friday, March 5, 2021


Transportation

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BC Ferries launches discount fares on advance bookings for Island routes

The new fares will be available year-round.
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BC Ferries cancels remaining Friday sailings due to adverse weather

The cancellations happened throughout the day and will continue through to the evening.

East Saanich Road exit off Pat Bay Highway will be closed after overpass built

The province is looking for feedback on the major project.

BC Transit employees get creative with physically distant wedding in Victoria

That's one bus they're not going to want to miss! 😍

Federal government bans cruise ship visits to Canada until February 2022

The ban was initially put in place back in March 2020.

ICBC to offer $600 million in one-time rebates to drivers

Rebates are expected to average $190 per customer.

ICBC launches online tool that estimates insurance savings for BC motorists

Here's how you can check how much you'll save (it could be up to $400 per year!)
BC Ferries Lower Deck Ban

BC Ferries cancels majority of Tuesday sailings due to adverse weather

A wind warning is currently in place for most of the island.
Highway 4 Improvements BC

Highway 4 closures by Port Alberni shift to new times starting Tuesday

The construction project is over 60% done.

COVID-19 exposure reported on two recent flights to Victoria: BCCDC

Both flights originated in Vancouver.
Saanich Charging Station

User fees coming to EV charging stations in Saanich as network expands

20 new charging stations will be added in 2021.

When and where to look out for BC Transit’s Santa Bus in Victoria this...

The Santa bus will be free to ride on two days this month!
Prospect Lake Road

Saanich drops speed limit on section of Prospect Lake Road to 30 km/h

The change will take effect on December 1.

Passengers are now required to wear masks at all BC Transit bus stops

Face shields will no longer be considered a substitute for a non-medical mask

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.
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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.
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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
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