More riders taking Malahat bus commuter service

The average number of monthly riders on the Cowichan Valley Commuter service has climbed from more than 2,700 to more than 5,800 since 2008

Ridership on a bus service that shuttles commuters between the Cowichan Valley and Victoria has more than doubled since its inception three years ago.

The average number of monthly riders on the Cowichan Valley Commuter service has climbed from more than 2,700 to more than 5,800 since 2008, representing a 118-per-cent increase.

“As the service grows, we will require additional transit expansion hours and infrastructure from B.C. Transit and the province to sustain the service,” said Gerry Giles, chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District Chair, in a statement.

In 2008, it cost $804,000 to operate the service, which is cost-shared by the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Victoria Regional Transit Commission and B.C. Transit.