Thursday, September 24, 2020


Transportation

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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

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.

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
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