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Debut of Tofino-Ucluelet transit service delayed at least four months

Supply chain issues have pushed the arrival of new system’s 5 buses until next winter

The West Coast’s incoming wheels aren’t ready to go round and round just yet.

B.C. Transit won’t be launching its anticipated new Tofino-Ucluelet service as scheduled this year.

The transit program was initially scheduled to arrive in September this year, but has been delayed at least four months with a new expected launch date in January, 2023. In a report to the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District Board on Jan. 26, ACRD operations manager Eddie Kunderman explained the delay is due to the buses earmarked for the West Coast arriving late.

“B.C. Transit has recently communicated that the delivery of the five new light-duty buses for the system will be delayed until the Winter of 2022, due to supply chain issues,” Kunderman wrote.

“Due to this delay, the implementation of the West Coast Transit service will be moved to January of 2023. This date is still contingent on the funding approval from the Provincial government, which is expected to be announced by the end of February, 2022.”

Electoral Area C director Kel Roberts asked for more information about the delay and Jenny Brunn explained a comprehensive report would be presented to the ACRD’s West Coast committee in March.


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