University of Victoria Student Society Director of Finance and Operation Dylan Sherlock cheers B.C. Transit’s decision to restore 7

University of Victoria Student Society Director of Finance and Operation Dylan Sherlock cheers B.C. Transit’s decision to restore 7

Students applaud B.C. Transit decision to restore service hours

Fewer students will be left behind en route to UVic and Camosun

Dylan Sherlock says he’s lucky to live at the south end of the No. 4 bus route.

Just a few stops after he boards the morning bus headed to the University of Victoria, the bus reaches its capacity for riders leaving those who don’t share Sherlock’s good fortune waiting at the curb.

“A lot of days, just one bus will pass over 100 people,” said Sherlock, director of finance and operations for the UVic Students’ Society.

Between Sept. 1, 2011 and Jan. 31, 2012, transit drivers reported a total 29,296 pass ups, with the vast majority of that number (20,448) on routes servicing Camosun College and UVic. That’s all due to change April 1.

B.C. Transit’s recent budget includes the restoration of 7,000 service hours cut last year to save funds lost from declining ridership. Approximately 5,000 hours are slated for the No. 4, 14, 16, 21 and 26 routes leading to UVic and/or Camosun campuses.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Sherlock. “We really feel like there’s this forward momentum making the transit system better for riders.”

Service hours were cut at a time when students were already concerned about late-night service, he added.

“Issues moved beyond extending transit hours for students towards, ‘Oh my God I can’t even get on a bus to go to my class in the morning.’ It feels like once again we’re moving in the right direction.”

While the restored hours are a big step in the right direction, student societies say more needs to be done to resolve transit issues affecting students.

“We need to remember that this still just brings us up to the level of service hours before those hours were cut,” said Camosun College Student Society external executive Madeline Keller-MacLeod. “And there were problems at that time as well.”

The next step, Keller-MacLeod said, will include identifying key transit corridors and implementing bus priority and high occupancy vehicle lanes – a challenge she put forward to the mayors of Saanich, Esquimalt, Sidney, Colwood and Victoria during the last Victoria Regional Transit Commission meeting.

“You hook them while they’re young,” Sherlock said. “You get people on the bus while they’re going to university and it’ll become a part of their culture about how they approach transportation … On the flip side, if their experience is terrible, then students’ impressions of public transportation is going to be very different.”

nnorth@saanichnews.com

OUR VIEW: Transit budget welcome news for taxpayers

Just Posted

The City of Victoria is proposing a northern contraction from Haultain Street to Bay Street with a western contraction from Cook Street to Chambers Street for Fernwood. (Illustration/Google Maps)
Community association calls for input on Victoria boundary changes

City of Victoria proposes changes to neighbourhood borders

After seizing a handgun from his home on Tuesday, Victoria police arrested a wanted man on Wednesday after he fled officers on his bike. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man wanted on several warrants flees Victoria officers on bike

He was arrested after a brief struggle, transported to hospital with injuries

Divyesh Nagarajan, third from the left, has founded the Be My Friend project to bring support and companionship to vulnerable youth and address North Saanich’s food security challenges. (Courtesy of Divyesh Nagarajan)
Greater Victoria teen looks to connect vulnerable youth with a buddy, bolster food security

Be My Friend project was founded by St. Michaels University School student Divyesh Nagarajan

These are just a handful of Vancouver Island’s missing person cases. Clockwise from top left: Lisa Marie Young, Lindsey Nicholls, Micheal Dunahee, Jesokah Adkens, Belinda Cameron and Emma Fillipoff. (File photos courtesy of family members and police departments)
Gorge skull fragment could bring closure to one Greater Victoria missing person case

Skeletal remains found in Greater Victoria have not yet been identified

(Black Press Media file photo)
UPDATE: Sooke Road reopens after gas leak at Colwood Corners

SD62 warns afternoon buses could be delayed

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

A nurse asks screening questions at an immunization appointment in Nanaimo earlier this year. (Shawn Wagar/Island Health photo)
Island Health appreciates nurses answering the call in challenging times

Health authority draws attention to National Nursing Week

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

Vancouver mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart addresses supporters in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver mayor says there’s no time to redo details of drug decriminalization plan

Kennedy Stewart says a federal election could see the small window of opportunity close on the city’s bid for an exemption from criminal provisions on simple possession of small amounts of drugs

Premier Mike Horgan received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Facebook/John Horgan)
More than 50% of people eligible in B.C. have received 1st vaccine dose

‘We’ve made extraordinary progress together over the past few weeks,’ says Premier Horgan

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the shooting of a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman in the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu on May 8. (Black Press Media file photo)
Indigenous woman shot by police was holding a replica gun, says Ucluelet First Nation

Woman has been identified as a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

Most Read