Residents of Deep Bay, Qualicum Bay and Bowser who need a ride won’t have to rely on neigbours or their thumbs anymore.
That’s because the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit Service is providing bus service one day a week in Electoral Area H.
The #99—Deep Bay bus operates Mondays only and runs between Chrome Point Road in Deep Bay and Ravensong Aquatic Centre in Qualicum Beach.
The southbound run departs from Deep Bay at 10 a.m. and arrives at Ravensong at 10:57 a.m. The northbound run departs Ravensong at 3:15 p.m. and arrives in Deep Bay at 4:10 p.m.
The cost for a one-way trip is $2.50, or $2.25 for seniors and youth.
“This is a great, easily-accessible route that travels through the major residential areas in our community,” said Area H director Bill Veenhof. “The new route provides an excellent ride.”
He should know, because he rode the #99 — Deep Bay on its inaugural run on March 5.
The #99—Deep Bay uses a wheelchair-accessible community bus equipped with a bike rack.
To catch the bus, residents can use a transit wave at any point along the route (as the bus approaches, wave an arm in the air to alert the driver).
This new route is part of the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit System service expansion that took effect on Sunday, March 4.
In partnership with BC Transit, RDN Transit has added 5,000 service hours to the system, including more frequent trips to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and Vancouver Island University.
For more about the RDN Transit system and the #99—Deep Bay, call 250-954-1001.
To view the #99—Deep Bay schedule and map, go to rdn.bc.ca” and click on Services and then Regional Transit.