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#7321 Mike K.

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Posted 18 December 2019 - 07:25 PM

Yeah, individual route numbers are much more easier to remember.

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#7322 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 December 2019 - 07:37 PM

6 diverges at the end and they just use one route number. easier for strangers to tell casual users to just take the next bus rather than more.

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Posted 18 December 2019 - 07:49 PM

6 diverges at the end and they just use one route number. easier for strangers to tell casual users to just take the next bus rather than more.

Basing off one of the commission things (I don't feel like digging through them right now but I posted it here when it first came out, it wasn't the most recent one) they want to get ride of that and just have a community route serve on Emily Carr/Chatterton so they want to get rid of that too. In fact, even the route variants without a "A" seem to be on the chopping block. The Jubilee plan proposed getting rid of 2 Willows and replacing its service with a Route 5 and the Burnside having the 21 always go to Royal Oak removing the Camosun Only/VITP/Viaduct variations.



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Posted 20 December 2019 - 12:07 PM

I believe they've been doing this for a while but Transit service will be free on Dec 31 after 6 PM until end of service. They're operating on Friday's late night schedule https://www.bctransi...d=1529707362408



#7325 Cats4Hire

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Posted 25 December 2019 - 11:55 AM

 

BC Transit is implementing our annual winter seasonal service change which will increase service on a number of routes after seasonal reductions in December. Other changes include:

  • Schedule changes to select routes in order to provide for dynamic scheduling, match demand, and improve on-time performance. Affected routes include:
    • 24 Cedar Hill/Admirals Walk, 32 Cordova Bay/Royal Oak Exchange, route 6 Royal Oak Exchange/Downtown, 15 Esquimalt/Uvic, 21 Interurban/Downtown, 27 Gordon Head/Downtown, 28 Majestic/Downtown, 30 Royal Oak Exchange/Downtown, 31 Royal Oak Exchange/Downtown
  • Improved service on the route 50 Langford/Downtown by operating every 15 minutes until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays.
  • Additional trip added to the route 22 Vic General/Hillside Centre leaving the Victoria General Hospital at 7:21 a.m. 

https://www.bctransi...change-jan-2020



#7326 Cats4Hire

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Posted 25 December 2019 - 12:10 PM

I see no difference on any day for the 24 in either direction. 32 has an extra trip from Royal Oak in the morning which makes the trip currently leaving from Cardova Bay at 8:17 AM leave a few minutes later at 8:22. Not bothering to check the rest since I'm sure they're just miner things like that (30 and 31 do seem far more frequent during rush hour in the respective directions which doing a direct comparison though.) 



#7327 kxl

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Posted 25 December 2019 - 01:57 PM

I see no difference on any day for the 24 in either direction. 32 has an extra trip from Royal Oak in the morning which makes the trip currently leaving from Cardova Bay at 8:17 AM leave a few minutes later at 8:22. Not bothering to check the rest since I'm sure they're just miner things like that (30 and 31 do seem far more frequent during rush hour in the respective directions which doing a direct comparison though.)


One of the relatively least eventful service changes BC Transit has implemented in awhile.

#7328 Cats4Hire

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Posted 25 December 2019 - 02:18 PM

One of the relatively least eventful service changes BC Transit has implemented in awhile.


To be fair they probably shouldn't be adding a ton of new service or routes if they're just going to have to cancel them in an alert each morning
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#7329 Cats4Hire

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 09:03 AM

Current cancellations don't make much sense. For example why is the 17 running today when Cedar Hill school is closed? Or that 22 that stops at Spectrum. Instead they cancel a 6 and 27 trip that run the full route so don't seem to be specifically aimed at schools. The large amount of UVic routes makes sense as the campus isn't open and none of those routes seem super busy based on the few that show passenger capacity on NextRide.

#7330 Mike K.

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 09:34 AM

Maybe the 17 isn’t running but it remains running on paper only?

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#7331 Cats4Hire

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 12:20 PM

Maybe the 17 isn’t running but it remains running on paper only?

I saw it doing the afternoon run on the 23rd by McKenzie/Quadra and there was an think 3 people on board.

#7332 kxl

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 07:07 PM

I saw it doing the afternoon run on the 23rd by McKenzie/Quadra and there was an think 3 people on board.


That run continues downtown as a #6

#7333 Cats4Hire

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 07:17 PM

That run continues downtown as a #6

but clearly that 6 isn't super important as they're fine cancelling it during July and August



#7334 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:24 AM

Ride on: Victoria youth snap up free bus passes

 

The popularity of Victoria’s free bus-pass program for youth 18 and under continues to grow as the initiative heads into its second month.

 

By New Year’s Eve, a total of 2,164 young people had picked up their passes for January — a slight increase over the 2,124 passes distributed throughout the entire month of December.

 

????  what?  

 

Victoria plans to spend $972,000 a year on passes for an estimated 7,200 youth in the city — whether or not they take advantage of the program. City council will cover part of the cost with revenue from Sunday parking fees that took effect in May and are expected to bring in about $500,000 to $600,000 a year.

 

https://www.timescol...sses-1.24045652

 

ok hold on.  maybe that means 2164 picked up for dec/jan (they could get both at program start) but an additional 40 people picked up just the january pass.  i'm not sure if that's "snap up".  i guess it is growing. but 40 more is not huge.

 

 

Sarah Duckett, 17, didn’t get a pass last month, but she popped into city hall on New Year’s Eve to pick up one for January.

 

“It’s winter break, so we have some time off,” she said. “It’s hard to get to city hall during school time. It’s all very busy.”

 

 

it's "hard" to get to city hall as a 17-year-old?


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 03 January 2020 - 10:30 AM.


#7335 Nparker

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:29 AM

2164 is only 30% of the total "free" passes available from the CoV for January. Not exactly a roaring success.


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#7336 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:33 AM

what figure does it need to get to to make it a wash with just buying at the regular youth monthly rate?



#7337 Nparker

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:36 AM

Current figures mean the passes cost about $37.43/person to use.



#7338 Ismo07

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:36 AM

what figure does it need to get to to make it a wash with just buying at the regular youth monthly rate?

1,800?



#7339 Cats4Hire

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:38 AM

it's "hard" to get to city hall as a 17-year-old?

if you need the city to pay for your bus pass it is  :)


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#7340 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:44 AM

if you need the city to pay for your bus pass it is  :)

 

well maybe you can get someone to front you $2.50 for the trip there.  after that every trip is free.  even the furthest distance to city hall is only a 30 or 45 minute walk though right?  and i bet most 17-year-olds have "lunch" at school and/or a spare block or an early finish on fridays.  i dare say they might even get the principal to allow them a late start on the day they get their bus pass in the morning.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 03 January 2020 - 10:47 AM.


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