Bowen Island Community Transit Ltd.

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Bowen Island Community Transit Ltd was a private contractor under Coast Mountain Bus Company based on Bowen Island, B.C. They were responsible for running two community shuttle routes prior to the new contract being awarded to First Transit in November 2016, with the transfer of operations happening in January 2017. Since 2015, they have also been operating two independent conventional bus routes. As of January 2017, the only services being provided by the company are its two independent routes and bus charter service.

Coast Mountain Bus Company contract

Routes

Retired/Transferred Fleet

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Destination sign Notes
C588 1996 Ford/CBB E-450/Polar III Ford PowerStroke 7.3L Ford 4R100 Rollsign
S003-S004 2003 Ford/Goshen E-550/GC II 5500 Ford PowerStroke 7.3L Ford 4R100 Unknown LED
S302-S304 Coast Mountain Bus Company S302-a.jpg 2008 GMC/ElDorado C5500/Aero Elite GMC Duramax 6.6L Allison 1000 with Telma retarder Luminator Horizon
S390, S391 S393 2012 Chevrolet/ElDorado G4500/Aerotech Vortec 6.0L Luminator Horizon

Independent operations

Routes

  • Bowen Island Express: an east-west express route running between Horseshoe Bay and Downtown Vancouver. The Bowen Island Express follows much of the same route as TransLink's route 257, but goes onto and off the Upper Levels Highway at Taylor Way, skipping many of the 257's stops and traffic lights.
  • Cypress Mountain Parking Lot Shuttle: a shuttle running between the parking lots in the Cypress Mountain ski area. This shuttle was previously operated by Cypress Coach Lines.

Charter Service

Aside from its two fixed routes, Bowen Island Community Transit also provides a bus charter service.

Active Fleet

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Destination sign Notes
7026 1997 New Flyer D30LF Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B300R Luminator
(unnumbered) 2006 Blue Bird Xcel 102 Caterpillar C7 Allison 5-speed Rollsign
  • Ex-TransWest.
  • Acquired from Northwest Bus Sales in September 2017 to replace 8139.
  • Entered service December 21, 2017.[1][2]

Retired Fleet

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Destination sign Notes
7617, (1) 1997 New Flyer D30LF Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B300R Luminator
8139 Community Transit 8139-a.jpg 1998 New Flyer D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R5 Luminator
  • Ex-Community Transit
  • Acquired March 2017 to replace the Thomas SLF unit.
  • Fleet number decals removed on all areas except roof.
  • Suffered from a major mechanical failure and is most likely retired.
(unnumbered) 2001 Thomas/Dennis SLF 230 Cummins ISB Allison AT-545 Unknown
  • Returned to Northwest Bus Sales after multiple transmission failures and traded for 8139 in March 2017.

References

  1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1118997098126572/permalink/2228594657166805/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1118997098126572/permalink/2226961120663492/