I don't think there's a way to get people working both AM and PM rush without splits. When the "rush" is is different for every route. 61s start their rush at like 5:30 AM while UVic routes are 7:30. Afternoon also lasts from like 3-6:30. Getting from depot to start of route would be included in their shift as would any other travel time (sometimes routes come into town then go to Dockyard to be a 26 for example which has travel time involved).
Let's say the first 61 of the day. It leaves Sooke and Shields at 5:01 AM. According to Google Transit getting to the stop at 5:00 AM (I assume they're supposed to get there a little earlier but at this time of day I don't think it matters) it takes 26 minutes. The route is scheduled to be completed at 6:13 so that would be an hour 39 minutes of their shift already. They get a 5-10 minute break (which I would say is needed, otherwise buses that fall late will just fall later and later behind)so hour 49 minutes.
The problem with this is there's a ton of buses coming in but they don't need that many leaving. They can assign some of them to routes like the 4 and 14/15 trips that start downtown.
The first 61 of the afternoon is 3:38. That's a little over 10 hours after the first 61 starts so obviously whoever does the first 61 leaving Sooke can't do the first 61 leaving downtown without a split.
I don't think requiring drivers to be mechanics would work too well either. That's now requiring two skillsets one of which requires schooling to get (unless BC Tranist wants to spend time and money doing what Camosun will do for them) so if anything that would probably cause less people to even apply for bus drivers.
Obviously I used a bit of an extreme case here but even say the 4. During the rush it has trips that start at Douglas/Kings so like 5 minutes to get from the depot. The first one of the day is 7:01 and gets to Uvic at 7:20. Uvic peak afternoon starts around 3 (different for all the routes for some reason) but that is still only like 1 trip downtown and 1 back to UVic before they hit 8 hours. Even if we push it back to the 8:18 trip, their last trip would probably be done around 4:30-5, while peak is still ongoing.
If peak was shorter it might work but because it seems the major jobs around here start between 7 and 9 and we roll from school getting out at 3 to work ending from 4-6 I don't think there's a way, even if there was something else for drivers to do during the day, to get someone doing both AM and PM rush with an 8 hour day and no split shift. Even if it's possible for some drivers I don't think it's possible for the amount we need driving during rush hours.