BC Transit said a mix of factors is to blame for the spike in bus cancellations Wednesday morning.
According to Jonathon Dyck, BC Transit Communications Manager, the three main reasons for the number of trip cancellations and detours Wednesday morning were:
- Congestion resulting in late buses
- Buses unavailable due to mechanical issues
- Driver illness
“We recognize that cancellations and detours are frustrating to customers, and apologize for the inconvenience this causes our customers,” BC Transit said in a statement.
“A key to the solution is the new replacement and expansion buses arriving throughout 2020 to improve reliability. This includes the introduction of 80 new replacement and expansion buses. We have recently received the first 12 of the new compressed natural gas buses and are slowly introducing them into service.”
BC Transit will also be realizing other improvements to the service over the coming year including the introduction of new southbound bus lanes that is partially opened, upgrades to our maintenance facilities, and starting a refresh on our Transit Future Action Plan to determine the best options for the future of the transit system.”
Here was the list of 37 cancellations:
3 James Bay from Royal Jubilee Hospital at 7:51 a.m.
4 UVIC from Douglas and Kings at 7:44 a.m.
4 UVIC from Fairfield at Blanshard at 7:59 a.m.
4 UVIC from Fairfield at Blanshard at 8:31 a.m.
6 Downtown from Royal Oak Exchange at 8:08 a.m.
6A Royal Oak via Emily Carr from Douglas at View at 8:40 a.m.
6 Downtown from Royal Oak Exchange at 8:28 a.m.
7 UVIC from Douglas and View at 8:06 a.m.
10 Royal Jubilee from Douglas and Beacon at 8:25 a.m. – Operated from Bay and Wilson at 8:40 a.m.
11 UVIC from Tillicum Centre at 7:15 a.m.
14 Vic General from UVIC at 8:32 a.m.
14 UVIC from Victoria General Hospital at 7:21 a.m.
15 Esquimalt from Yates and Broad at 7:49 a.m.
15 Esquimalt from UVIC at 9:21 a.m.
16 UVIC from Carey at Ravine at 8:03 a.m.
16 UVIC from Carey at Ravine at 8:24 a.m.
16 UVIC from Carey at Ravine at 8:46 a.m.
21 Downtown from Camosun Interurban at 7:44 a.m.
26 UVIC from HMC Dockyard at 8:15 a.m.
27 Gordon Head from Shelbourne and McKenzie at 7:58 a.m.
27 Downtown from Tyndall at Grandview at 8:46 a.m.
30 Downtown from Royal Oak Exchange at 8:05 a.m.
30 Downtown from Royal Oak Exchange at 7:07 a.m.
30 Downtown from Royal Oak Exchange at 7:35 a.m.
31 Downtown from Royal Oak Exchange at 7:04 a.m.
31 Royal Oak from Government at Superior at 7:46 a.m.
46 Dockyard from Westhills Exchange at 8:16 a.m.
50 Downtown from Langford Exchange at 6:54 a.m.
50 Downtown from Langford Exchange at 7:15 a.m.
50 Downtown from Langford Exchange at 7:41 a.m.
50 Langford from Government at Superior at 8:43 a.m.
50 Langford from Government at Superior at 8:18 a.m.
71 From MacDonald Park at Pat Bay at 6:02 a.m.
2 Oak Bay from Dallas at Simcoe at 7:09 a.m. – did run from Douglas at Fort at 7:25 a.m.
14 UVIC from Fort at Douglas at 7:13 a.m.
72 Downtown from Royal Oak Exchange at 8:56 a.m.
50 Langford – did operate from Douglas at Saanich at 9:53 a.m.