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President of Whistle! Dylan Green hopes his new ridesharing service will help solve some of the Coast’s transportation issues. (Kyler Vos photo)

Vancouver Islander set to launch B.C.’s first ride-hailing app in Tofino

The Whistle! app will be available in Tofino on Feb.1 and in Whistler Feb. 6.

President of Whistle! Dylan Green hopes his new ridesharing service will help solve some of the Coast’s transportation issues. (Kyler Vos photo)
Dec. 12, 2019 – Daniel Sands, a two-spirit person, says they have faced discrimination from BC Transit since they started using a wheelchair this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria resident accuses BC Transit of repeated discrimination since transitioning to a wheelchair

Daniel Sands says they are often not allowed on buses, even when there is room

Dec. 12, 2019 – Daniel Sands, a two-spirit person, says they have faced discrimination from BC Transit since they started using a wheelchair this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Coun. Sharmarke Dubow has filed a motion asking elected officials in the capital region to take transit as their sole means of transportation for one week. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

Victoria councillor challenges elected officials to use public transit for a week

Only taking the bus for a week will give more insight into what needs to be done, Dubow says

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow has filed a motion asking elected officials in the capital region to take transit as their sole means of transportation for one week. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
Seen here are the new doors which will be installed on all BC Transit buses. (Evan Taylor/News Staff)

BC Transit starts outfitting Vancouver Island buses with driver safety doors

The $6.5 million project will see all buses equipped with the new doors by the end of 2020

Seen here are the new doors which will be installed on all BC Transit buses. (Evan Taylor/News Staff)
A bus crashed on the Trans-Canada Highway Thursday night near the Leigh Road overpass. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Marie Penney/Facebook)

RCMP investigating bus crash on Trans-Canada Highway in Langford

Maintenance work planned for Highway 1 near Leigh Road, starting at 7 p.m.

A bus crashed on the Trans-Canada Highway Thursday night near the Leigh Road overpass. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Marie Penney/Facebook)
Youth 18 and under will have access to free transit passes in Victoria (Black Press File Photo).

Greater Victoria commission says ‘no’ to regional youth transit pass pilot

The City of Victoria still offers free youth transit passes for youth starting this fall

Youth 18 and under will have access to free transit passes in Victoria (Black Press File Photo).
BC Transit aims to have an entirely electric fleet by 2040 (File Submitted/BC Transit)

BC Transit aims to have all-electric bus fleet by 2040

Greater Victoria will see the province’s first 10 electric buses by 2021

BC Transit aims to have an entirely electric fleet by 2040 (File Submitted/BC Transit)
BC Transit rolled out their new live tracking system, NextRide (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

BC Transit launches GPS bus tracking system across Greater Victoria

NextRide can now be accessed by all transit passengers

BC Transit rolled out their new live tracking system, NextRide (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The Province of B.C. has committed to work with the Island Corridor Foundation and First Nations to do an assessment of the E&N rail corridor, which encompasses an area that includes Victoria, Courtenay and Nanaimo. (File photo)

Studies for E&N corridor still on track after BC Transit investments

Recent investment in bus fleet expansion doesn’t slow studies into alternative transportation routes

The Province of B.C. has committed to work with the Island Corridor Foundation and First Nations to do an assessment of the E&N rail corridor, which encompasses an area that includes Victoria, Courtenay and Nanaimo. (File photo)
Pro choice advocates are upset to see public advertising for what they call an “anti-choice” organization on local bus shelters (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Pro-choice advocates angered by pro-life bus shelter ads in downtown Victoria

Advertisements for Birthright Victoria spark outrage from Access Birth Control

Pro choice advocates are upset to see public advertising for what they call an “anti-choice” organization on local bus shelters (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Free transit will be offered to Victoria youth this fall (Black Press File Photo)

Victoria youth get free transit this fall

The Victoria Regional Transit Commission voted to green light free passes for youth 18 and under

Free transit will be offered to Victoria youth this fall (Black Press File Photo)
Free transit will be offered to Victoria youth this fall (Black Press File Photo)

Free transit passes coming for Victoria youth this fall

The Victoria Regional Transit Commission voted to green light free passes for youth 18 and under

Free transit will be offered to Victoria youth this fall (Black Press File Photo)
Currently fares are $2.50 a person, or $5.00 for a day pass, but those could be eliminated by 2022 (file photo)

Victoria Regional Transit Commission meets to discuss idea of phasing out bus fares

A proposal from the City of Victoria is asking the Commission to find over $40 million elsewhere

Currently fares are $2.50 a person, or $5.00 for a day pass, but those could be eliminated by 2022 (file photo)
The bus fare box could get the boot, following the City of Victoria’s proposal to drop user fees on BC Transit lines. (Black Press File Photo)

City of Victoria passes proposal to eliminate BC Transit fees

A shift in tax revenue usage could do away with bus fares

The bus fare box could get the boot, following the City of Victoria’s proposal to drop user fees on BC Transit lines. (Black Press File Photo)
BC Transit had to extend its deadline for the installation of NextRide in Greater Victoria’s fleet because different bus models require more time. The most complicated buses are double decker buses, which take two days. (File photo)

Unveiling of Greater Victoria bus-tracking app delayed

NextRide won’t be coming to Greater Victoria until July

BC Transit had to extend its deadline for the installation of NextRide in Greater Victoria’s fleet because different bus models require more time. The most complicated buses are double decker buses, which take two days. (File photo)
A BC Transit bus heads south along Douglas Street near Finlayson Street. (File Photo).

BC Transit aims to issue limited bans on unruly passengers

Temporary bans are the most common method action despite recent assaults on fleet drivers

A BC Transit bus heads south along Douglas Street near Finlayson Street. (File Photo).
BC Transit has soft-launched the GPS tracking system on some of their buses already, and are planning on having cashless fare systems installed over the next two years. (File photo)

Victoria will be B.C.’s first city with GPS tracking, digital fare on transit buses

Two major technology uprades are underway on buses across the province

BC Transit has soft-launched the GPS tracking system on some of their buses already, and are planning on having cashless fare systems installed over the next two years. (File photo)
BC Transit will implement new enhancements in September 2019. (File photo)

Catch last call and a cheap ride home: Late night buses coming to Victoria in 2019

New plan will extend service on weekends with last trip leaving downtown at 3 a.m.

BC Transit will implement new enhancements in September 2019. (File photo)
Transit supervisor Wayne Parker (left) and Victoria Police Const. Cody Lapierre were pulling over drivers who were using the bus lane on Thursday morning. They were giving out educational pamphlets, not tickets. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria Police, BC Transit educate drivers on bus lanes

Cops pull over commuters using Douglas Street bus lanes

Transit supervisor Wayne Parker (left) and Victoria Police Const. Cody Lapierre were pulling over drivers who were using the bus lane on Thursday morning. They were giving out educational pamphlets, not tickets. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Santa bus is coming to town! (YouTube/BC Transit)                                Santa bus is coming to town! (YouTube/BC Transit)

BC Transit’s Santa bus is back in Victoria

For the 32nd year commuters can enjoy a Christmas-themed ride

Santa bus is coming to town! (YouTube/BC Transit)                                Santa bus is coming to town! (YouTube/BC Transit)