BC Transit launches schedules on Google Maps

BC Transit has released its full scheduling data for Greater Victoria to Google Maps' transit planning tool. Image © Google Inc.

BC Transit has released its full transit schedule for Greater Victoria on Google Maps, a popular tool used by transit networks from around the world.

The Google Maps transit feature allows transit users to enter a starting and ending location for travel.  The system then calculates the most appropriate bus route (or routes) together with the estimated trip time.  A detailed travel map, including walking directions to and from bus stops at either end, is displayed.

To illustrate just how easy to use Google Maps transit scheduling is compared to traditional electronic scheduling available on BC Transit’s website, a user selects Google Maps’ “get directions” feature, and clicks the “transit” button.  The user then inputs a starting location (which can be their home, place of work, a bus stop, etc.).  We’ll use 560 Johnson Street for this example, and a final destination of 1068 Tolmie Avenue, with a desired departure time of 11AM.  Plugging this in, Google Maps instantaneously displays travel information as follows:

  • From 560 Johnson Street, walk to southbound Wharf Street (About 2 mins)
  • Take #6 bus towards north (11:06AM)
  • 17 mins, 16 stops
  • Get off bus at Quadra and Tolmie
  • Walk to destination (about 2 mins)

The above information is also clearly represented by the map, showing the best walking route to and from both bus stops.

Mobile devices can also plug in to the Google Maps system and receive transit directions while on the go.  Coupled with location capabilities that many modern mobile devices feature, Google Maps can immediately ascertain where an individual is and which nearby transit routes will best accommodate their travel plans.

The transit tool on Google Maps for Victoria is not yet fully integrated with all features available to transit users in other cities, such as displaying routes and bus stops without first entering travel coordinates, although this and other features will surely be rolled out over time. VV

Try Google Maps transit schedules for Victoria by clicking here (select “get directions” and click the transit icon).  To follow the latest news and issues affecting Victoria’s transit system via VibrantVictoria’s dedicated discussion thread, click here.

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Mike K.

Oct 30, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I have more info pertaining to the discussion on commuter trains being "pushed" not pulled and when seen on the tracks appearing to be moving away from a subject but actually moving towards them.

I was just in Chicago and learned that Metra, the commuter rail operator, pushes trains at upwards of 72 miles per hour, or over 110km/h. Pushed trains keep the diesel engines from polluting stations, apparently.

Just thought I'd post an update as we were uncertain of the details during the discussion.

James Bay walker

Oct 31, 2013 at 7:41 am

Quote: Finally, if you stink - like don't wash yourself or wash your clothes - there should be a $25 surtax on your fare.

Well, "$25 surtax on your fare" seems excessive. But as an annual surcharge the concept has merit. How about a $25/year label pin, perhaps labelled "year> I'm stinky and like it"?.

But I'd expect that to also apply to those with 3rd hand smoke odour (clothing that reeks of rancid tobacco tars) and any passengers who use perfumes and scented soaps.


ps. Naturally those below the poverty line would be exempt or pay a more nominal charge for their lapel pin as they cannot readily afford even $25/year, and perhaps cannot readily afford to keep clean or wear freshly laundered clothes (or avoid smoking).

patrick venton

Oct 31, 2013 at 8:51 am

JBW, Your on a great roll this morn.. much enjoyed.

Mike K.

Nov 06, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I suppose passengers or drivers noticed someone pointing a gun at the buses. Otherwise would you be able to even hear a pellet round hitting a moving bus?


VICTORIA – BC Transit is working in conjunction with Sooke RCMP after buses were struck by what investigators believe are pellets from an air gun. The five incidents - from October 31 to November 5, 2013 - occurred between 5 pm – 8 pm on Sooke Road or West Coast Road.

There have been no injuries as a result of the five incidents.

“Safety is BC Transit’s core value,” said Stephen Anderson, BC Transit Manager of Safety and Security. “We are working closely with the RCMP to ensure these senseless acts come to an end.”

“This is a public safety issue,” said Staff Sgt. Stephen Wright Sooke RCMP. “There are risks to pedestrians, motorists and passengers. The person responsible could be facing charges under the criminal code.”

BC Transit encourages anyone who has knowledge of these suspected pellet gun incidents to contact the Sooke RCMP non-emergency number at 250.642.5241 or Crimestoppers 1.800.222.8477.

James Bay walker

Nov 06, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Quote: I suppose passengers or drivers noticed someone pointing a gun at the buses. Otherwise would you be able to even hear a pellet round hitting a moving bus?

You'd hear it hitting the more hollow metal panels easily enough, perhaps not near where they're tight mounted to struts. You might hear a lesser sound from impact with the glass (I'd expect the glass to chip some of the time), for sure if you were a passenger and the pellet struck the glass only a foot or so from your head.

I'd assume someone just might have been noticing fresh pellet damage to the buses as confirmation (they're not certain of the location which suggests to me 'after the fact' investigation/evidence noticing).


editted to add: OK, now I'm feeling an urge to don a bullet proof vest and bullet resistant headgear when boarding B.C. Transit.

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