Has the world gone mad? What should be a 15- to 20-minute car ride from Belmont Park to CFB Esquimalt can easily be solved if there was a bus that took the same route as the cars.
There is no bus that takes the direct route of Old Island Highway, through View Royal and along Admirals Road. This was an issue in 1996, when we moved here as a military family. Back then most military couples had one vehicle. Imagine a bus that would take you directly where you need to go, not an adventure that could take up to one hour because of transferring. The only option was the Blue Boat.
During the roadwork that was done in View Royal recently, was there a bus from Belmont Park to CFB Esquimalt? No, that would have made too much sense.
Now work is being done on the Craigflower bridge. Will there be a bus? No, of course not. Instead everyone seems to be talking light rail. Try a direct bus route and see what happens.
Those 400 families affected by the Blue Boat cancellation still need a direct bus, just like in ’96. B.C. Transit, at that time, did not think there would be enough riders.
Military families will drive that route because it is the only option.