Victoria Regional Transit System

How Victoria Regional Transit is Funded

BC Transit Victoria Budget 2018-2019


Transit service in the Victoria Region is funded through four main sources: provincial contributions, local government contributions, fuel tax and passenger fares.

The total cost to run the service last fiscal year was $141.0 million. Funding for the system came from transit fares (operations) ($37.5 million or 26.6 per cent), BC Bus Pass ($4.7 million or 3.3 per cent), provincial funding (transfers) ($47.6 million or 33.8 per cent), local government property taxes (transfers) ($30.1 million or 21.4 per cent), fuel tax ($20.4 million or 14.5 per cent) and bus advertising, is ($0.7 million or 0.5 per cent).

By the Numbers

(2018-2019 Fiscal Year End Actuals)

Total ridership: 27 million total trips,
Total fleet: 351 (182 Heavy Duty, 68 High Capacity, 30 Medium Duty, 71 Light Duty)
Total service hours for conventional service: 836,000 hours
Total service hours for custom service: 126,000 hours

Victoria Regional Transit Overall Year End Performance (conventional)

Compared to similar sized systems across Canada, the Victoria Regional Transit System had:

  • 58 per cent more passengers per capita
  • 17 per cent more passengers per hour
  • 5 per cent lower cost per total service hour
  • 19 per cent lower operating cost per passenger

Victoria Regional Transit System Comparison to Industry Benchmarks

The Victoria Regional Transit conventional service compares well to similar systems in the Canadian Urban Transit Authority (CUTA, 2017), Urban Transit Population Groups 2/3 Excerpt (service area population 200001 - 580,000).