Nanaimo Introduces Transit Network and Service Changes

NANAIMO– The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and BC Transit are pleased to introduce a new and expanded Frequent Transit Network starting September 6, 2015.

The new Route 40 VIU Express Frequent Transit Network will provide direct service connecting downtown, Vancouver Island University, Country Club, Nanaimo North Town Centre and Woodgrove. This new high-frequency route offers two-way service on major corridors during peak times.

“In our updated Rider’s Guide, effective September 6, you’ll see Route 40 highlighted as a Frequent Route – it’s the first of its kind in our system,” said RDN Chair Joe Stanhope. “Frequent Routes get service at each stop every 15-30 minutes to help riders keep moving in busy areas. This is part of our plan to deliver fast, effective transportation, while helping reduce congestion and carbon emissions.”

“The implementation of this expanded service in the Regional District of Nanaimo allows BC Transit to better connect our communities through this seamless, express, service,” said Manuel Achadinha, President & CEO. “This new network shows BC Transit’s commitment to deliver operational excellence to all our communities.”

There will also be service changes to Route 88 Parksville that will see it as an independent route, continuing service to key destinations within Parksville. The Route 25 Ferry Shuttle will service the Downtown Prideaux Exchange to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Thursday through Monday.

Due to low ridership, and to help facilitate the new services, two routes will be eliminated. The Route 12 Dover and Route 93 Mountain View will no longer run. However, services in these locations are still available on other routes operating nearby.

BC Transit is also debuting new Transit Network Maps and on-street information in the Rider’s Guides for the RDN. The new maps, and on-street information, help identify services by levels of frequency. These maps will offer clear, easy to understand directions, transit connections and information.

There are several routes that will be re-numbered to make it easier for new riders to learn and navigate the Regional District of Nanaimo transit system. Routes ending in “0” will be North-South, while single-digit routes will be local routes.

Route Name Changes

Previous New
1 Woodgrove/Downtown 1 Downtown
1 Country Club
2 Hammond Bay 20 Hammond Bay
20A Dover
3 Hospital 30 NRGH
4 VI University 40 VIU Express
5 Fairview no name change
6 Harewood no name change
7 Cinnabar/Cedar 7 Cinnabar/Cedar/Downtown
8 South 50 Downtown
9 North 50 Woodgrove
10 Lantzville 11 Lantzville
12 Dover route discontinued
15 VIU Connector 15 VIU via Parkway
15A VIU via Jingle Pot
25 Ferry Shuttle no name change
88 Parksville no name change
90 Intercity 91 Intercity
92 Hammond Bay no name change
93 Mountain View route discontinued
99 Deep Bay no name change

For a full list of these and other service improvements, click here, or contact the RDN at 250-390-4531 or Parksville / Qualicum at 250-954-1001.

Media Contacts

Mike Russell
Media and Public Relations Advisor, BC Transit