B.C. Transit to reduce service for spring

Route changes come into effect April 9

B.C. Transit is reducing its schedule for spring and summer, which means service changes in Sooke.

Route 61X, which currently takes riders from Sooke to the Langford exchange and then downtown will be replaced by Route 65, that will take riders from Sooke to the Westhills exchange and then downtown.

“It’s a different route that will use the new Westshore Parkway between Highway 14 and Langford Parkway and go up through Westhills before going downtown,” said Jonathon Dyck, communications manager for B.C. Transit.

Another change that could affect Sooke riders is Route 57, which will no longer go through Westhills, it will just run from Langford exchange to Thetis Heights.

The changes will begin April 9, and riders can expect more changes to come in summer months.

“We go through these service reductions because we have less ridership in the spring and summer months when post-secondary schools aren’t in full session. We try to match the level of service with the level of demand,” said Dyck. “In the fall and winter is when we will ramp it up again, when we see that service starts to get busier.”

Dyck added that in the next two years, B.C. Transit expects to work on a transit plan for routes in the Sooke area and focus on what changes and improvements are needed.

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait hopes B.C. Transit will consider adding earlier start times and more routes to community transit, as well as speed up commuter time.

She also hopes the construction being done along Sooke Road will help speed up commute times for transit riders, make transit a more attractive option, and improve pedestrian safety.

Tait and Dyck encourage riders to give their feedback on routes and route changes by emailing transitinfo@bctransit.com.

For more information on routes, schedules and updates in Greater Victoria, visit bctransit.com/Victoria or call 250-382-6161.

Just Posted

Deep Island connection for indie rockers Half Moon Run

Montreal-based band brings their dreamy sound to Victoria for Jan. 14 show at the Royal

Have your New Year’s Eve set? Try out these musical gala options

Greater Victoria venues featuring local bands to ring in 2020

Ladysmith set to star in new Syfy series, Resident Alien

Island town will play the role of Patience, Colo. in the series

Jim Cuddy Band members turn trio for next Victoria show

Jan. 11 stop at the McPherson Playhouse part of the Countrywide Soul tour

The Strumbellas grow their award-winning sound organically

Juno-winning band makes a rare West Coast appearance at the Royal Theatre for Jan. 9 concert

Fashion Fridays: A masterclass on H&M knitwear

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

‘Homespun’ brings six Greater Victoria artists together for genre-bending music

Highlands Music Coffee House returns Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

B.C. family’s ‘Feud’ game-show trip was ‘meant to happen’ after father’s death

Surrey resident Atish Ram’s departed father ‘loved game shows’

‘Jurassic World 3’ will film in Metro Vancouver under working title ‘Arcadia’

Filming is set to take place between Feb. 24 and March 6, 2020

Bursary created in memory of late Duncan musician triples in second year

Young Vancouver Island musicians in financial need can apply by Dec. 15

Talking about tubas! Annual concert attracts hundreds to Market Square

The 2019 edition of Tuba Christmas concert and fundraiser goes this Saturday in the square

Yellowpoint holiday spectacle returns this weekend

Musical variety show offers a wide range of genres, along with many of your seasonal favourites

Most Read