Transportation

Al Kowalko drives Sooke School District’s first electric bus that began operation in May. The board decided on June 15 that all future buses will be electric, asking the province for more funding to support the program. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Sooke school board agrees to make all future buses electric

Board to ask province to increase funding to cover the extra up front cost

Al Kowalko drives Sooke School District’s first electric bus that began operation in May. The board decided on June 15 that all future buses will be electric, asking the province for more funding to support the program. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is calling on Transport Canada to rescind its ban to Feb. 28, 2022 on cruise ship stops in Canada, to allow planning to begin in advance of a reopening of the cruise industry next year.

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority seeks end to federal ban on cruise ship stops in Canada

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority CEO hopes cruises will resume by 2022

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is calling on Transport Canada to rescind its ban to Feb. 28, 2022 on cruise ship stops in Canada, to allow planning to begin in advance of a reopening of the cruise industry next year.
Major road construction of Highway 14 in Sooke has caused long lineups. Sooke Mayor Maja Tait called a recent traffic delay ‘horrible’ for commuters. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Highway 14 traffic delays pave way for work plan review

Recent delays left Sooke commuters in lineup for up to three hours

Major road construction of Highway 14 in Sooke has caused long lineups. Sooke Mayor Maja Tait called a recent traffic delay ‘horrible’ for commuters. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Jim Townley, president of the Saanichton Village Association, and Christine Culham, Central Saanich chief administrative officer, flank Mayor Ryan Windsor during Wednesday’s groundbreaking for the new bike-and-ride facility now under construction in the village. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Construction of bike-and-ride facility in Central Saanich off to the races

Facility will be located on historical spot where V&S train station once stood

Jim Townley, president of the Saanichton Village Association, and Christine Culham, Central Saanich chief administrative officer, flank Mayor Ryan Windsor during Wednesday’s groundbreaking for the new bike-and-ride facility now under construction in the village. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Another 16 Micro Bird G5 handyDART buses are being added to Victoria’s fleet this week. The models are equipped with rear lifts to help riders with mobility aids on and off the bus. (Courtesy of B.C. Transit)

New handyDART buses in service around Greater Victoria

Among new model’s features are rear lifts to help passengers with mobility aids get in and out

Another 16 Micro Bird G5 handyDART buses are being added to Victoria’s fleet this week. The models are equipped with rear lifts to help riders with mobility aids on and off the bus. (Courtesy of B.C. Transit)
Vehicle share cooperative service Modo has moved into Langford. (Courtesy City of Langford)

Modo arrives in Langford with electric and hybrid shareable cars

The car sharing cooperative partnered with the city to expand car sharing westward

Vehicle share cooperative service Modo has moved into Langford. (Courtesy City of Langford)
Using the former E&N rail line, seen here during the passenger train days in Esquimalt, for express buses to and from Langford makes sense for the corridor, says one reader. (Black Press Media file photo)

LETTER: Busway the way to go for former E&N rail bed

A busway for the metro-Victoria section of the former E&N railway is…

  • May 22, 2021
Using the former E&N rail line, seen here during the passenger train days in Esquimalt, for express buses to and from Langford makes sense for the corridor, says one reader. (Black Press Media file photo)
Two passengers were recently fined thousands of dollars after they faked their pre-flight COVID-19 test results. (Paul Clarke/Black Press)

2 passengers in Canada fined thousands for faking pre-flight COVID-19 tests

The government issued a warning Thursday to others thinking of doing the same – do it and you’ll be ordered to pay

Two passengers were recently fined thousands of dollars after they faked their pre-flight COVID-19 test results. (Paul Clarke/Black Press)
Sidewalk street markers at Richardson and Harbinger streets in Fairfield. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

LETTER: City’s engagement process on Richardson project frustrates resident

Re: Richardson Street redesign continues to hear opposition in Victoria (vicnews.com) Thanks…

  • Apr 30, 2021
Sidewalk street markers at Richardson and Harbinger streets in Fairfield. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
A Damen Fast Ferry 3209. BC Ferries are considering buying five of the vessels. (Courtesy of Damen)

CRD transportation committee wants study on West Shore to Victoria ferry

Passenger ferry could reduce traffic congestion, boost transit ridership in Greater Victoria

A Damen Fast Ferry 3209. BC Ferries are considering buying five of the vessels. (Courtesy of Damen)
Hwy. 4 was shut down in both directions for 10 hours on March 23 as a rock bluff was blasted as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. Commuters can expect five more 10 hour closures on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 28. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Five 10-hour Pacific Rim highway closures planned in the next 6 weeks

Closures needed for rock blasting as part of the Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement project.

Hwy. 4 was shut down in both directions for 10 hours on March 23 as a rock bluff was blasted as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. Commuters can expect five more 10 hour closures on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 28. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
The federal and provincial governments announced $9.4 million in funding for 15 new natural gas buses in Victoria and transit infrastructure improvments at the University of Victoria. (File Photo)

Governments put $9.4M into new natural gas buses, University of Victoria transit improvements

Funding to add 15 natural gas buses in Victoria, redevelop UVic transit infrastructure

The federal and provincial governments announced $9.4 million in funding for 15 new natural gas buses in Victoria and transit infrastructure improvments at the University of Victoria. (File Photo)
WestJet has announced that direct flight service between Nanaimo and Edmonton begins June 25. (News Bulletin file)

More WestJet flights to and from Vancouver Island coming in June

Nonstop flights from Victoria to Ottawa among service, says WestJet

WestJet has announced that direct flight service between Nanaimo and Edmonton begins June 25. (News Bulletin file)
A recommendation to extend the Fort Street bike lanes to the Oak Bay border at Foul Bay Road in 2022 was approved by Victoria council during a committee meeting last week. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Oak Bay’s preferred bike lane route, Fort Street, chosen for Jubilee neighbourhood

Victoria’s decision on east-west lanes for 2022 meets up with Oak Bay’s at Foul Bay Road border

A recommendation to extend the Fort Street bike lanes to the Oak Bay border at Foul Bay Road in 2022 was approved by Victoria council during a committee meeting last week. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
An extension to the Fort Street bike lanes, along Fort to Foul Bay Road was recommended by city staff this week. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Fort Street is Victoria’s preferred bike lane route from junction to Foul Bay

Route one of three considered by staff, mayor and council for 2022 construction

An extension to the Fort Street bike lanes, along Fort to Foul Bay Road was recommended by city staff this week. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
(Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)

Highway closure to block access to Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim next week

Hwy. 4 to Ucluelet and Tofino to be shut down in both directions from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 23.

(Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
A battery electric-hybrid ferry, pictured here, is expected to make its way to Vancouver Island in late 2021, says B.C. Ferries. (Submitted photo)

Hybrid ferry for Gabriola-Nanaimo route launches in shipyard in Europe

Two hybrid vessels to replace MV Quinsam by early 2022, says B.C. Ferries

A battery electric-hybrid ferry, pictured here, is expected to make its way to Vancouver Island in late 2021, says B.C. Ferries. (Submitted photo)
Effective Jan. 29, the McKenzie Interchange construction speed limits have officially been removed. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Construction zone speed limits removed from McKenzie Interchange

Trans-Canada Highway speed limit restored to 80 km/h starting Jan. 29

Effective Jan. 29, the McKenzie Interchange construction speed limits have officially been removed. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
A fire sparked at an encampment between the Pat Bay Highway and McKenzie Avenue early Thursday morning. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Residents of Pat Bay Highway encampment to be relocated after early morning fire, site secured for clean up

Eviction notice issued in 2020, not enforced to allow BC Housing to connect with campers

A fire sparked at an encampment between the Pat Bay Highway and McKenzie Avenue early Thursday morning. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Idle tour buses lined up at Ogden Point on a sunny afternoon at the Victoria waterfront. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

B.C. motor coach industry at the breaking point, says Victoria operator

John Wilson wants province to know bus companies are critical to B.C.’s tourism economy

Idle tour buses lined up at Ogden Point on a sunny afternoon at the Victoria waterfront. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)