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#7961 On the Level

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 01:22 PM

https://www.iheartra...vice-1.14876454



#7962 Mike K.

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 02:57 PM

I believe they have an approximately 20-year lifespan, but as I said before, these new buses are under-powered and drivers consider them gutless. That's not good.


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#7963 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 01:00 PM

free transit for kids under 12 in today's budget.

 

don't we already have something like that?  a family fare?

 

 

 

 

A customer can bring up to four children (12 years and under) on board for free. Children must board and depart at the same stop as the pass-carrying customer.

 

The program is available to guardians 13 years and over with a valid monthly pass, DayPASS, ProPASS, U-PASS ECO-PASS or BC Bus Pass. This program does not apply to cash fares and tickets.  Passengers who have two tickets may purchase a DayPASS on board and take part in the Family Travel Program.

 

https://www.bctransi...s/family-travel


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 20 April 2021 - 01:02 PM.


#7964 Cats4Hire

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 01:58 PM

so if someone with a January birthday turns 13 they can bring their 4 12 year old friends on free for a few months? That seems weird 13 is the minimum "guardian" age if 12 is the maximum "child" age.



#7965 vortoozo

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 02:46 PM

free transit for kids under 12 in today's budget.

 

don't we already have something like that?  a family fare?

 

 

 

 

A customer can bring up to four children (12 years and under) on board for free. Children must board and depart at the same stop as the pass-carrying customer.

 

The program is available to guardians 13 years and over with a valid monthly pass, DayPASS, ProPASS, U-PASS ECO-PASS or BC Bus Pass. This program does not apply to cash fares and tickets.  Passengers who have two tickets may purchase a DayPASS on board and take part in the Family Travel Program.

 

https://www.bctransi...s/family-travel

 

That's not the case province-wide. In Vancouver it's currently 5 and under.

As noted above, even here it's only the case for certain fares.


Edited by vortoozo, 20 April 2021 - 02:46 PM.

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#7966 Mike K.

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 02:52 PM

Kids 5-and-under already ride for free here with a fare paying chaperone.

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#7967 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 05:07 AM

Greater Victoria bus commuters ride for free this Earth Day.

 

In an attempt to get more people using sustainable transportation, BC Transit and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission have made all regular and handyDART transit free April 22.

 

 

 

https://www.vicnews....h-free-transit/


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 21 April 2021 - 05:07 AM.


#7968 North Shore

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 05:00 PM

I believe they have an approximately 20-year lifespan, but as I said before, these new buses are under-powered and drivers consider them gutless. That's not good.

The mini-van horsepower wars come to the bus world?


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#7969 North Shore

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 08:37 AM

Dunno if I've mentioned this before..

I work shifts in Vancouver, and commute by BC ferry and bus every 4 days.  The lack of integration between transit modes is as stunning as it is frustrating: Compass card for the bus in Vancouver, Credit card to get on the ferry, and then cash or pre-purchased ticket to get on the bus in Swartz.  

Every time I get on the bus - *guaranteed* - there is some poor, infrequent, traveler fumbling through the depths of their wallet/purse/pockets trying to piece together $2.50 in cash for the bus fare.  !Always! 

How difficult would it be to put in a machine at Swartz Bay that accepts cash or credit cards, and spits out bus tickets in return?

How difficult would it be to expand the compass card system to Victoria?

How difficult would it be to expand the compass card system to include the Ferries?

 

Elsewhere in the world, financial transactions nowadays are done electronically, and yet good old sleepy Victoria still uses cash and paper tickets.. :confused:


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#7970 Nparker

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 08:43 AM

I would be much more inclined to take BC transit if I could simply tap my debit card to pay my fare. I'd probably even be willing to pay more for ease of payment.



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 09:16 AM

^I've mentioned this before, I've traveled through Europe using every transportation mode you can think of and the most inconvenient part as far as transit payment is concerned is YVR to Victoria. It's improving but still.


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#7972 vortoozo

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 11:34 AM

I would be much more inclined to take BC transit if I could simply tap my debit card to pay my fare. I'd probably even be willing to pay more for ease of payment.

 

It's in the works. BC Transit planning to launch new smartphone fare payment system | Urbanized (dailyhive.com)


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#7973 Cats4Hire

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Posted 02 June 2021 - 10:14 AM

June meeting documents are up. Only somewhat interesting note for future is proposals for what the final Uptown area will be like (more space on Carey, dedicated bus lanes on Ravine, connection to highway 1)



#7974 Mike K.

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Posted 04 June 2021 - 08:16 AM

Looks like we’re at 50% of 2019 ridership.

https://www.bctransi...ngs/june-8-2021

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#7975 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 02:05 AM

this poll says 40% of Canadians plan to take transit less.

https://nationalpost...-the-after-life

it seems to me that in light of decreasing usage we should be reducing service.

#7976 Cats4Hire

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Posted Yesterday, 10:31 AM

June 28 service changes. Mostly the usual ones (minus boosting tourist oriented routes) with service level changes to 7/21 (seems to be for weekends) and 53 now terminating at VGH instead of Colwood https://www.bctransi...d=1529712676905

 

53 also seems to have a trip in the morning extending downtown and one in the evening from downtown now. 


Edited by Cats4Hire, Yesterday, 10:33 AM.


 



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