public transit

A billboard announces the benefits of Proterra ZX5 battery-powered electric buses as one is parked at a bus stop, Feb. 2, in downtown Miami. Proterra says it is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from a federal court in Delaware. A statement on Proterra’s website Monday, Aug 7, said that it intends to maintain normal operations and will file motions with the court to use existing capital to keep funding operations, including paying employees, vendors and suppliers. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

10 electric buses on tap for Victoria despite bankruptcy protection

Business building BC buses sharpens its focus ‘as a leading EV battery technology supplier’

 

A Toronto Transit Commission streetcar is shown in downtown Toronto Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Some U.S. cities may offer model to ease Canada transit violence: experts

American cities have taken a multi-pronged approach to violence on transit

 

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said transit is safe and blamed BC United for the current state of social services in responding to charges that the NDP is soft on crime.

Question Period heats up in public safety debate following number of stabbings in B.C.

‘So when they ask those kinds of questions, you are darn right, I’m going to hit back,’ Farnworth says

 

Greater Victoria partners (from left) Coun. Chris Coleman, Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto, Transportation Minister Rob Fleming, Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Grace Lore, BC Transit’s Christy Ridout and Saanich Mayor Dean Murdock launch the new Blink RapidBus Route 95, which will take passengers from Downtown Victoria to the West Shore. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

New bus line replacing Route 50 to Langford to have fewer stops, more frequent service

Route 95 offers a faster experience, but cuts some stops on the way to the West Shore

Greater Victoria partners (from left) Coun. Chris Coleman, Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto, Transportation Minister Rob Fleming, Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Grace Lore, BC Transit’s Christy Ridout and Saanich Mayor Dean Murdock launch the new Blink RapidBus Route 95, which will take passengers from Downtown Victoria to the West Shore. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Police cars surround a TTC streetcar on Spadina Ave., in Toronto on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 after a stabbing incident. The Toronto Police Service says it is ending its police enhancement on city transit, more than a month after it began deploying officers on overtime shifts in response to high-profile incidents of violence in the system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey

Lack of data on transit violence amounts to ‘blanket of ignorance’: researcher

‘My concern is that I don’t even see transit authorities reporting such data regularly’

Police cars surround a TTC streetcar on Spadina Ave., in Toronto on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 after a stabbing incident. The Toronto Police Service says it is ending its police enhancement on city transit, more than a month after it began deploying officers on overtime shifts in response to high-profile incidents of violence in the system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey
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B.C. Transit recently reported on ridership numbers on various RDN Transit routes. (News Bulletin file photo)

Transit officials seeing steady growth for Nanaimo-Cowichan express bus

B.C. Transit presents ridership report with data collected in late summer and early fall

B.C. Transit recently reported on ridership numbers on various RDN Transit routes. (News Bulletin file photo)
B.C. Transit recently reported on ridership numbers on various RDN Transit routes. (News Bulletin file photo)

Transit officials seeing steady growth for Nanaimo-Cowichan express bus

B.C. Transit presents ridership report with data collected in late summer and early fall

B.C. Transit recently reported on ridership numbers on various RDN Transit routes. (News Bulletin file photo)
Atticus Dachsel Kerr has always enjoyed taking the bus and hopes to encourage more people to join him on transit. (Courtesy of Atticus Dachsel Kerr)

Esquimalt teen riding every bus route in Greater Victoria to encourage transit use

Atticus Dachsel Kerr plans to complete every route in numerical order over a year

Atticus Dachsel Kerr has always enjoyed taking the bus and hopes to encourage more people to join him on transit. (Courtesy of Atticus Dachsel Kerr)
During a Thursday (May 19) planting blitz, a student from Eagleview elementary helps take a riparian plant out of its pot to plant it on the hillside near Craigflower Creek in View Royal. The creek is being realigned to run behind the new BC Transit handyDART centre. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: New handyDART centre in View Royal tackling bus capacity, creek challenges

Eagleview elementary students help plant greenery along realigned Craigflower Creek

During a Thursday (May 19) planting blitz, a student from Eagleview elementary helps take a riparian plant out of its pot to plant it on the hillside near Craigflower Creek in View Royal. The creek is being realigned to run behind the new BC Transit handyDART centre. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
A BC Transit bus leaves its garage. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Transit opens new avenue for user feedback through online platform

Voice of the Rider platform allows feedback on projects from transit services to infrastructure

A BC Transit bus leaves its garage. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke resident Dave Dyer sold his pickup truck and bought an e-bike at the beginning of 2022. He doesn’t expect to switch back. (Bailey Moreton - News Staff)

Record-high gas prices drive Sooke commuters toward e-bikes

Resident who rides to CFB Esquimalt daily expects to pay his off in 2 years

Sooke resident Dave Dyer sold his pickup truck and bought an e-bike at the beginning of 2022. He doesn’t expect to switch back. (Bailey Moreton - News Staff)
Subway trains line up in a TTC yard in Toronto on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Canada’s big-city mayors are calling on the federal government’s help to make up huge shortfalls in transit revenue that threaten to derail the nation’s transit systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Future of transit at stake, Canada’s big-city mayors say in plea for federal funds

Pandemic has wrought havoc on transit revenues, with people working from home and avoiding crowds

Subway trains line up in a TTC yard in Toronto on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Canada’s big-city mayors are calling on the federal government’s help to make up huge shortfalls in transit revenue that threaten to derail the nation’s transit systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Construction of the future LRT line is visible from the departures level of the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.The high cost of Canadian light rail compared to our European counterparts is often chalked up to weather concerns and construction costs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Kawai

Why Canada gets less for more when it comes to building transit

Political meddling by government — by all parties — can cause a knock-on effect on the price tag of projects

Construction of the future LRT line is visible from the departures level of the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.The high cost of Canadian light rail compared to our European counterparts is often chalked up to weather concerns and construction costs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Kawai
BC Transit has announced a number of route changes throughout Greater Victoria, starting in early January. (BC Transit/Facebook)

January service changes announced for Victoria Regional Transit System

East Sooke route to be altered, route 2 James Bay/South Oak Bay/Willows being split in two

BC Transit has announced a number of route changes throughout Greater Victoria, starting in early January. (BC Transit/Facebook)
Victoria Regional Transit System routes 7 UVic/Downtown, 21 Interurban/Downtown and 53 Colwood/Langford will undergo changes as of June 28. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria school routes scaled down for summer by BC Transit

Service changes take effect June 28, enhanced service returns this fall and winter

Victoria Regional Transit System routes 7 UVic/Downtown, 21 Interurban/Downtown and 53 Colwood/Langford will undergo changes as of June 28. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Vancouver Island Connector along with the Tofino Bus will not be resuming service this month and will remain suspended until further notice. Black Press file photo

Suspended bus service sparks concern across Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Connector will not be resuming service this month

The Vancouver Island Connector along with the Tofino Bus will not be resuming service this month and will remain suspended until further notice. Black Press file photo
Terry Keogh, an RDN Transit driver, used his paramedic skills the morning of Jan. 22 after coming across an unconscious woman along his route in downtown Nanaimo. (RDN Transit photo)

RDN Transit driver stops his bus and helps get overdosing woman breathing again

Former EMT from Ireland performed CPR on a woman in downtown Nanaimo on Friday

Terry Keogh, an RDN Transit driver, used his paramedic skills the morning of Jan. 22 after coming across an unconscious woman along his route in downtown Nanaimo. (RDN Transit photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s transit select committee is expected to vote on a recommendation that could see busing between Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley. (News Bulletin file)

Vote pending on proposed Nanaimo-Cowichan transit link

More than 1,900 survey respondents expressed support for inter-regional transit, notes RDN report

Regional District of Nanaimo’s transit select committee is expected to vote on a recommendation that could see busing between Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley. (News Bulletin file)
SkyTrain in Whalley. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

‘Build it and they will come’: Canada’s public transit looks to rebound from COVID

There were fears transit agencies in Canada would have to make drastic service cuts

SkyTrain in Whalley. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)