BC Transit reports strong growth on commuter transit routes
Metro Victoria’s burgeoning real-estate prices have pushed many homebuyers north of the Capital Regional District (CRD) to the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), which includes the communities of Shawnigan Lake, Malahat, Mill Bay and Duncan.
With the population growth in the CVRD and its partial dependence on the CRD for employment, education and amenities, BC Transit (in partnership with the CVRD and Victoria Transit Commission) launched a two-route commuter network in 2008 connecting Duncan and Shawnigan Lake (and multiple communities in between) with downtown Victoria.
The Cowichan Valley Commuter routes, according to newly released numbers by BC Transit, are being hailed as a success with 118% growth in passenger volumes between October 2008 and March 2011.
“I’m encouraged and delighted to hear that more people are choosing to travel by transit,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom. “The rising popularity of the Cowichan Valley Commuter is a testament to the high level of service being provided on this route by BC Transit.”
Monthly combined ridership as of March 2011 is just under 6,000 passengers for routes 66 Duncan Connector (not to be confused with route 66 East Sooke) and 99 Shawnigan Connector with two-thirds of surveyed passengers saying the service is “very good” or “excellent.”
Expansion plans for the Cowichan Valley Commuter service, currently offered on six buses heading southbound during the AM rush and northbound during the PM rush, are part of BC Transit’s 25-year Transit Future plan for the CVRD, could one day include expanded service hours and frequency.
“As the Cowichan Valley grows, and continues to realize the benefit to the environment in reducing the number of vehicles on the roads, more residents will see the value of transit service,” said Cowichan Valley Regional District Chair Gerry Giles. “As the service grows, we will require additional transit expansion hours and infrastructure from BC Transit and the Province to sustain the service.”
Funding for the Cowichan Valley Commuter Transit System is cost shared between the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Victoria Regional Transit Commission and BC Transit.
A one-way fare on the commuter service is $7 and monthly passes are priced at $165 for transit travel within the Cowichan Valley and on the Cowichan Valley Commuter, and $200 for a pass valid in both the Cowichan Valley and Victoria regions together with the Cowichan Valley Commuter. VV
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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 walkerOct 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 "
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 ventonOct 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?
BC TRANSIT BUSES HIT BY SUSPECTED PELLET GUN FIRE
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 walkerNov 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.