Madeline Keller-MacLeod

UVic and Camosun students collect signatures protesting transit pass-ups

Student societies want B.C. Transit to know they're not happy with full buses

Students from the University of Victoria and Camosun College and off-duty B.C. Transit bus drivers collecting signatures Monday morning on a petition that aims to convince Victoria Regional Transit Commission members to find a solution to bus pass-ups on busy routes.

The activity took place at a stop on Hillside Avenue near Quadra Street, a stop the students say is notorious for having bus riders left behind due to full buses.

According to numbers supplied by the UVic Students Society, 16,000 riders were left at the curb across the region because buses were at capacity.

The Camosun College Student Society is calling on local governments to implement bus-only lanes and to lobby the province to allocate some carbon tax revenue to public transit, as well as increase the gas tax in Greater Victoria.

B.C. Transit did not comment directly on the petition drive. In late August, B.C. Transit announced it would be adding 5,000 annual service hours this year, including two extra buses added to its fleet that are diverted to busy routes during peak hours as needed.

As part of its plans, McKenzie Road-bound buses en route to the University of Victoria now travel directly to the Finnerty exchange instead of around Ring Road, creating an extra 69 trips per week to UVic.

Just Posted

Esquimalt council approves building, dog areas for Gorge Park

$7 million in funding for waterfront improvements goes to multipurpose building and dog park

Plant-based pizza restaurant to open its doors in Victoria this December

Virtuous Pie has locations in Vancouver, Toronto and Portland

PHOTOS: Trangender flag raised for first time ever outside of B.C. Legislature

Nov. 20 marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, honouring those who have been murdered

Ocean swim challenge shines spotlight on Crystal Pool plight

Ultra-marathon swimmer sends tongue-in-cheek invite to Victoria council

Saanich mayor urges premier to tweak road speeds in an ‘epidemic of road crash fatalities’

Haynes cites ICBC and provincial documents in letter to John Horgan

B.C. politicians view supermodel’s transition journey on Transgender Day

Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite and New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert appear in the documentary

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you plan on making any purchases on Black Friday?

We’ve all seen the images. Shoppers rioting outside of a store in… Continue reading

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

Mann died peacefully in Vancouver on Wednesday from early onset Alzheimer’s

VIDEO: B.C. high school’s turf closed indefinitely as plastic blades pollute waterway

Greater Victoria resident stumbles on plastic contamination from Oak Bay High

Four arrested after report of shots fired in Nanaimo

RCMP arrest four suspects in high-risk takedown in Cedar

South Cariboo Driver hits four cows due to fog

The RCMP’s investigation is ongoing

B.C. won’t appeal decision protecting ICBC court experts

Change to evidence rules next to save money, David Eby says

1898 Yukon gold rush photo featuring Greta Thunberg look-alike sends internet into tailspin

Jokes erupted this week after a 120-year-old photo taken by Eric A. Hegg surfaced from archives

Most Read