Winter weather conditions on Tuesday mean the public transit commute is off to a bumpy start in Greater Victoria.
Snow is impacting public transit across the region, with BC Transit saying current weather and road conditions have led the company to alter several routes on Nov. 29, including:
- R-21 – Regular Route
- R-22 – Regular Route
- R-30 – Regular Route
- R-52 – Not servicing Bear Mountain (using new roundabout Millstream @ Bear Mtn)
- R-54/55 – Regular Route
- R-56/57 – Not servicing Gourman/Goldie
- R-59/60 – Regular Route
- R-75 – Regular Route on Tanner Ridge
- R-75 – Not Servicing Benvenuto or Butchart Gardens. SB R-75 will service West Saanich/Wallace and use roundabout to get turned around
- R-81 – Not Servicing Benvenuto or Butchart Gardens
- R-83 – Not servicing Beaver Lake/Quayle Rd
- R-83 – Not servicing Verdier
- R-85 – Not servicing Madrona Loop, Derrick to Wain to West Saanich
- R-87 – Not servicing Dean Park
Transit crews are working on getting customers to their destinations safely, according to BC Transit. It’s asking people to leave more time for their journey and says it appreciates customers’ patience during this time.
“Our transit supervisors are continuing to closely monitor road conditions throughout the region, and BC Transit will be updating customers as quickly as possible of service impacts,” the company added in a release.
BC Transit encourages people to check for up-to-date transit information by checking its website, NextRide, or the BC Transit app.
UPDATE @ 8:17 a.m.: #YYJ experiencing the adverse weather in the form of snow flurries accumulating. Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected. Please leave plenty of time for your journey & stay updated on possible delays and cancellations at https://t.co/S9EahIqMt0
— BC Transit – Victoria (@victoriatransit) November 29, 2022
Route revisions come as Environment Canada issues weather advisories for all of Vancouver Island, including Greater Victoria, where both a special weather statement due to snow and a wind warning are in effect.
Across the region, a low-pressure system will bring up to five centimetres of snow Tuesday, while strong southeast winds at 70 kilometres per hour gusting to 90 are expected overnight, according to the weather agency.
The Malahat from Goldstream to Mill Bay, meanwhile, will see even more snow, with a snowfall warning now in effect and up to 10 centimetres expected.