With the COVID-19 pandemic suspending in-class instruction at schools and university, Regional District of Nanaimo Transit will reduce service, running on a summer schedule. (News Bulletin file)

RDN Transit reducing bus trips due to COVID-19

Summer schedule being implemented by RDN Transit

The Vancouver Island University route and others will see numerous bus trips cancelled as RDN Transit reduces service due to COVID-19.

Schools and post-secondary institutions are closed due to coronavirus and Regional District of Nanaimo Transit announced in a press release that service is moving to summer-time scheduling.

Beginning today, March 25, routes 15 VIU/Woodgrove and 40 VIU Express, as well as 1 Country Club/Downtown, 5 Fairview, 20 Hammond Bay (to Woodgrove), 30 NRGH (Nanaimo Regional General Hospital), 92 Hammond Bay and 11 Lantzville will all see route deviations or discontinuation of select trips.

RELATED: VIU suspends classes as COVID-19 precaution

40 VIU Express trip cancellations include buses departing the Front Street bus exchange in downtown Nanaimo at 7:53, 8:04, 8:24, 8:31, 9, 10:09, 11:24 and 11;54 a.m. Trips departing Front Street at 1:06, 1:41, 1:51, 2:15, 2:26, 2:46, 2:56, 3:26, 3:36, 3:56, 4:06, 4:36 and 4:46 p.m. are also cancelled.

The 40 buses departing VIU at 2:06 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 3:05 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday, when school is in full session, are also being discontinued for now.

The 15 VIU/Woodgrove route will see bus trips departing the Nanaimo campus at 3:05 p.m. cancelled for the time being.

RELATED: SD68 works on plan after COVID-19 class suspension

Route 11 Lantzville buses departing the Woodgrove Centre exchange Monday to Friday at 7:25, 7:29, 7:33 and 7:38 a.m. will no longer pass by Dover Bay Secondary School.

The 30 NRGH will see bus trips beginning from Front Street at 7:50, 8:27 and 9:02 a.m. ceasing.

In the case of 1 Country Club/Downtown route, bus trips departing the Front Street exchange at 7:52, 8:27 and 9:02 a.m. have stopped for the time being.

Information on Route 92 Hammond Bay was not immediately available.

RELATED: No hand sanitizer on RDN Transit buses

The RDN says buses are cleaned and sanitized daily and it keeps track of passenger numbers to ensure social distancing.

Earlier this month, RDN Transit announced boarding for all passengers, except those with accessibility needs, will take place through rear side doors, for safety of bus drivers. Bus fare will not be collected during this time, said the RDN.

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