Starting Sept. 3

Free fares to help launch BC Transit service in Ladysmith

Bus service begins Sept. 3 with four new routes scheduled for Ladysmith and a fifth route offering service to Chemainus.

Free fares mark the arrival of BC Transit’s long-anticipated bus service for Ladysmith and surrounding area Sept. 3.

To help launch BC Transit’s four new local routes and its Chemainus connector ­— and to commemorate 20 years’ worth of transit service in the Cowichan Valley — transit commuters ride for free Tuesday, Sept. 3, on routes throughout the Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System (CVRTS), save for the “Cowichan Commuter.”

From Sept. 3 on, Ladysmith residents can expect transit service — provided by short-bodied “Arboc” buses — on four local routes with additional service to Chemainus four times each weekday and twice per day on weekends.

Routes provide service from a transit hub at First Avenue and Symonds Street to Malone Road and Colonia Drive (Route 31), to Forrest Field (Route 32), to Transfer Beach and Oyster Bay Drive (Route 33) and to Coronation Mall (Routes 34A and 34B) and Davis Road (Route 34B). Route 35, meanwhile, provides service from Ladysmith to Chemainus, where commuters can transfer to Route 6 for service to Duncan and Mill Bay.

Schedules vary from route to route and can be found in the CVRTS Rider’s Guide.

Regular cash fares of $2 for adults and $1.75 for students and seniors take effect Sept. 4, while children aged four or younger ride free, according to the CVRTS Rider’s Guide.

Tickets, sold in packs of 10, cost $16 for adults and $13.50 for students and seniors.

Day passes cost $4 for adults and $3.25 for students, while monthly passes cost $48 for adults and $36 for seniors, students and post-secondary students.

Bus tickets and passes will be sold at Ladysmith City Hall, at the Frank Jameson Community Centre and at 49th Parallel Grocery in Ladysmith prior to September 3, BC Transit corporate spokesperson Meribeth Burton said, and beginning Sept. 6, BC Transit will make tickets available for purchase online.

“Cowichan will be one of the first ever BC Transit systems to do e-commerce, which will be super exciting,” Burton said. “So people can purchase their products online and have them mailed to them.”

For now, only day passes and monthly passes will be available for sale online, Burton added, and these will be shipped to customers by Canada Post.

BC Transit is in the process of assessing a variety of 21st-century payment technologies ­— including swipe cards and smartphone credit systems — that riders would be able to recharge online, but adopting these technologies is a ways off.

“We’re looking at [systems] in Sweden and in Texas to see what’s effective, but when you make a big technological leap like that, there’s a lot of things that need to be in play before that happens,” added Burton.

A standard $2 fare provides service throughout the CVRTS, Burton said, but for riders commuting from Duncan to Victoria via Route 66, an additional $7 transfer fee will apply.

Oddly enough, when travelling in reverse, transit commuters can ride directly to Ladysmith from Victoria for $7, provided they use their transfer within 90 minutes following their arrival in Duncan, Burton said.

View the new CVRTS Rider’s Guide online at transitbc.com/regions/cow/.

 

Just Posted

Ladysmith author honours late sister in new children’s book

Sarah de Vries disappeared from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in 1998

Chemainus ‘Mountain Man’ joins search for Ben Kilmer

Kevin Shiell has been putting his extensive outdoor skills to good use

Search for missing Cowichan man moves towards Hill 60

Volunteer searchers are moving westward

North Cowichan celebrates public art for Local Government Awareness Week

North Cowichan is showcasing a piece of public art in Crofton in… Continue reading

VIDEO: SAR reinforcements from up Island arrive Sunday to help search for Ben Kilmer

Family, RCMP ‘extremely happy’ with the search effort so far, search manager tells volunteers

Winnipeg’s JP Hoe performs in Ladysmith

Six-time Western Canada Music Award nominee and Winnipeg native JP Hoe performed… Continue reading

Man dead after crashing vehicle into hydro pole and tree in Gibsons

Dog also hurt in collision, which happened Wednesday morning

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

VIDEO: B.C. woman gets up-close view of Royal wedding

Kelly Samra won a trip back to her home country to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’

Construction crane tips over at Nanaimo work site

Incident happened Wednesday morning at Turner Road and Uplands Drive

30 C in B.C., 30 cm of snow expected for eastern Canada

It might be hot in B.C., but the rest of Canada still dealing with cold

Most Read