BC Transit labor shortage leads to service changes in Victoria

(BC Transit)

Service cuts abound on Victoria’s regional transit system from today and a labor shortage is to blame, according to BC Transit.

The company says it is actively recruiting transit operators in a number of systems across the province and working to hire more drivers, including in the Victoria area.

“Due to these ongoing labor challenges, this service change includes temporary service reductions on select transit routes in the region,” a statement read.

Effective Monday, April 4, BC Transit says the 3 and 10 James Bay/Royal Jubilee lines will loop through James Bay and return to the Royal Jubilee Hospital on their respective routes, which will no longer be interlining in James Bay. .

Other changes to Victoria’s local transit system include:

  • Adjustments to Routes 70, 71 and 72 Swartz Bay/Downtown to accommodate spring ferry traffic. Route 70 travel time adjustments will provide “greater flexibility” for minor ferry delays, with service level improvements on Routes 71 and 72.
  • Service level adjustments on routes serving post-secondary institutions to accommodate reduced demand.

BC Transit says it will increase capacity as more operators are hired and encourages transit riders to visit its website for a detailed overview of bus timetables.

Meanwhile, BC Ferries announced last month that crew shortages are also plaguing its organization. On March 25, he warned customers to prepare for further delays and modified sailing times during the peak summer season.