B.C. Transit says two new routes and service expansions will help benefit post-secondary students and people headed to Victoria International Airport, starting September 4.
One of the new routes is 87 Sidney/Dean Park via Airport, which will give customers travelling from downtown Victoria or Royal Oak Exchange to transfer to either the 87 or 88 Aiport/Sidney route within five minutes of the 72 Swartz Bay/Downtown bus arrival at the McTavish Exchange.
Between the 87 and 88 routes, riders will be able to get service to the airport every half-hour on weekdays and every hour on weekends.
A new crosstown route is in response to the growing number of students registered at Camosun College Interurban Campus.
The 9 UVic/Royal Oak via Gorge/Hillside route will connect both Camosun campuses to UVic and trips are designed to match class start times.
Other changes include:
- The new route 87 Sidney/Dean Park via Airport will introduce transit service to the Dean Park neighbourhood and help to improve service to the airport.
- Routes 81 Brentwood/Sidney/Swartz Bay and 82 Saanichton/Sidney via Stautw will now travel along Lochside Drive all the way to Sidney.
- Route 83 Royal Oak/Sidney will now continue on West Saanich Road, past the airport, and turn onto Mills Road to head towards Sidney.
- Route 85 North Saanich will now offer service on weekends.
B.C. Transit says funding from the province and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission helped facilitate the changes with the addition of 10,000 service hours and four new buses added to the fleet.