public transit

Construction of the future LRT line is visible from the departures level of the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.The high cost of Canadian light rail compared to our European counterparts is often chalked up to weather concerns and construction costs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Kawai

Why Canada gets less for more when it comes to building transit

Political meddling by government — by all parties — can cause a knock-on effect on the price tag of projects

 

The City of Nanaimo is considering whether to continue with bus shelters provided by private contractors or bear the costs of switching to city-owned and operated bus stop amenities. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

City of Nanaimo deciding if it should pay for bus shelters and benches or keep contracting out

Nanaimo wants to grow public transit, but needs more amenities than private contractors provide

 

Delegations told city council at a governance and priorities committee meeting Monday they are opposed to plans to create a public transit exchange on Terminal Avenue and a public park on the former Jean Burns building site at the Terminal Avenue and Commercial Street intersection. (City of Nanaimo image)
Delegations told city council at a governance and priorities committee meeting Monday they are opposed to plans to create a public transit exchange on Terminal Avenue and a public park on the former Jean Burns building site at the Terminal Avenue and Commercial Street intersection. (City of Nanaimo image)

Nanaimo city councillors hear opposition to bus exchange plans at downtown ‘Hub’ properties

Project was reviewed at a governance and priorities committee meeting Monday, Oct. 25

 

Transit exchange locations considered during the public engagement process as part of downtown mobility hub planning in 2019. (City of Nanaimo image)

City of Nanaimo to re-examine Terminal-Commercial for a permanent downtown bus exchange

City wants to do ‘due diligence’ as it proceeds with work on downtown mobility hub

Transit exchange locations considered during the public engagement process as part of downtown mobility hub planning in 2019. (City of Nanaimo image)
The Gabriola Environmentally Responsible Trans-Island Express fleet will be able to move to a new depot facility after receiving more than $187,000 of community economic recovery infrastructure program money from the Province of B.C. (Submitted photo)

Gabriola bus system receives $188,000 from province for depot building

Old fire hall to be retrofitted and serve as new bus terminal thanks to COVID-19 recovery funding

The Gabriola Environmentally Responsible Trans-Island Express fleet will be able to move to a new depot facility after receiving more than $187,000 of community economic recovery infrastructure program money from the Province of B.C. (Submitted photo)
Altrusan Vicki Calder, left, delivers Bus and Park It packs to Kiara Colyn from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island. (Photo submitted)

Pandemic prompts Altrusa Club project to get people out to enjoy Nanaimo’s parks

Bus and Park It packs include free bus passes and PPE for people experiencing poverty and depression

Altrusan Vicki Calder, left, delivers Bus and Park It packs to Kiara Colyn from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island. (Photo submitted)
The Vancouver Island Connector along with the Tofino Bus will not be resuming service this month and will remain suspended until further notice. Black Press file photo

Suspended bus service sparks concern across Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Connector will not be resuming service this month

The Vancouver Island Connector along with the Tofino Bus will not be resuming service this month and will remain suspended until further notice. Black Press file photo
Terry Keogh, an RDN Transit driver, used his paramedic skills the morning of Jan. 22 after coming across an unconscious woman along his route in downtown Nanaimo. (RDN Transit photo)

RDN Transit driver stops his bus and helps get overdosing woman breathing again

Former EMT from Ireland performed CPR on a woman in downtown Nanaimo on Friday

Terry Keogh, an RDN Transit driver, used his paramedic skills the morning of Jan. 22 after coming across an unconscious woman along his route in downtown Nanaimo. (RDN Transit photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s transit select committee is expected to vote on a recommendation that could see busing between Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley. (News Bulletin file)

Regional District of Nanaimo staff recommending bus route to Cowichan Valley

More than 1,900 survey respondents expressed support for inter-regional transit, notes RDN report

Regional District of Nanaimo’s transit select committee is expected to vote on a recommendation that could see busing between Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley. (News Bulletin file)
SkyTrain in Whalley. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

‘Build it and they will come’: Canada’s public transit looks to rebound from COVID

There were fears transit agencies in Canada would have to make drastic service cuts

SkyTrain in Whalley. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Waivin' Flags bus ready and waiting to be able to drive people to Campbell River and back. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Wheels on the bus ready to go ‘round and ‘round from Port Hardy to Campbell River

After a long, busless six months, the Tri-Port area is once again connected to down Island

Waivin' Flags bus ready and waiting to be able to drive people to Campbell River and back. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
RDN Transit will temporarily offer service to and from Duke Point ferry terminal six days a week starting Wednesday, April 15. (News Bulletin file photo)

RDN Transit temporarily expanding its service out to Duke Point

Ferry shuttle will make three trips per day from Front Street exchange

RDN Transit will temporarily offer service to and from Duke Point ferry terminal six days a week starting Wednesday, April 15. (News Bulletin file photo)
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

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)