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
S004 (1st) 1996/1997 Ford/CBB E-450/Polar III Ford PowerStroke 7.3L Ford 4R100 Rollsign
  • 1997 model, exact build date unknown.
  • Ex-BC Transit C595.
  • Retired in 2003 and replaced with new S004.
S003-S004 (2nd) 2003 Ford/Goshen E-550/GC II 5500 Ford PowerStroke 7.3L Ford 4R100 Luminator Horizon
S005 1993 Ford/Overland E-350/ELF Ford 4R100
S302-S304 Coast Mountain Bus Company S303-b.jpg 2008 GMC/ElDorado C5500/Aero Elite GMC Duramax 6.6L Allison 1000 Luminator Horizon
S390, S391 S393 2012 Chevrolet/ElDorado G4500/Aerotech Vortec 6.0L GM 6L90-E with Telma retarder Luminator Horizon

Independent operations

Routes

  • Bowen Island Express: an east-west express route running between Horseshoe Bay and Downtown Vancouver. The Bowen Island Express generally follows the same route as CMBC route 257, deviating in its bypassing of Park Royal, Marine Drive and 15 St by entering and exiting Highway 1 via Taylor Way.
  • 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
2307 Grand River Transit 2307-b.jpg 2003 Orion VII 07.501 Cummins ISC Allison B400R Luminator MAX3000
  • Ex-Grand River Transit
  • Acquired from auction, August 2018. [1]
  • Experienced a fuel system issue in December 2018; removed from service until repairs have been completed
7026 1997 New Flyer D30LF Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B300R Luminator
  • Used as backup for 2307 and for Cypress Mountain parking shuttle service
  • Ex-Capital Metro
(unnumbered) 2006 Blue Bird Xcel 102 Caterpillar C7 Allison 5-speed Rollsign
  • Used for Cypress Mountain parking shuttle service
  • Ex-TransWest
  • Acquired from Northwest Bus Sales in September 2017 to replace 8139
  • Entered service December 21, 2017[2][3]

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.
  • Scrapped following a catastrophic engine failure.
(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/2643369799022620/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1118997098126572/permalink/2228594657166805/
  3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1118997098126572/permalink/2226961120663492/