Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System

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Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System serves the Cowichan Valley Regional District in British Columbia. Conventional transit service is operated by First Canada, while local routes 20 and 21 are operated by Cowichan Lake Community Services. HandyDART service is contracted to Oak Transit.

System History

  • May 1987- Cowichan Paratransit begins operation with one bus providing on limited demand door to door service for seniors and disabled persons.
  • August 29, 1993- Conventional system begins operation with a fleet of 3 ELF buses. North Cowichan Municipality and several Cowichan Valley Regional District Electoral areas initially declined to be part of the system due to public resistance to tax increases to pay for the service. Areas opting into system at start are the Towns of Duncan and Lake Cowichan, and CVRD Electoral areas A (Mill Bay), C (Cobble Hill), and I (Youbou). with the exception of service to Cowichan District Hospital, buses only pick up and discharge passengers within the participating regions. service is Monday through Saturday daytime, with one bus providing hourly service to the town of Duncan and the hospital, and one bus alternating between Cowichan Lake and South Cowichan trips. Gray Line of Victoria contracted to operate the system; Youbou Connector service contracted to Our Taxi Ltd. of Lake Cowichan.
  • September 1996--Cowichan Lake Community Services takes over Youbou Connector contract.
  • Late 1990s-- North Cowichan and most Electoral areas opt into the system, allowing for service expansion to North Cowichan, Shawnigan Lake, Mesachie Lake, Honeymoon Bay, and local service on Gibbons, Menzies, and Old Cowichan Lake Roads.
  • 1999-2000-- System receives 5 new Dennis Dart buses replacing light duty "cutaway" buses. By 2002 fleet includes the Darts, two 35 foot high floor buses, and two cutaways retained as operating spares.
  • 2005 -Parent company Laidlaw sells Gray Line of Victoria's tour and charter operations and assigns the transit contract to its Greyhound division.
  • mid 2000s- Main Duncan transit terminus moves from E & N train station on Canada Ave. to Village Green Mall.
  • 2006- service to Crofton and Chemanus added.
  • 2007- Firstgroup buys Laidlaw including Greyhound Canada
  • 2007- Two of the system's Dennis Dart buses destroyed by fire.
  • 2008- Cowichan Commuter service introduced,
  • c. 2009- Routes 2 and 3 extended to new Cowichan Commons Shopping complex. To facilitate new service within the existing operating budget other services are cut, including cancellation of 1 Gibbins route, 7 Cowichan Lake route is cut back to Lake Cowichan Town Centre (leaving the Youbou connector bus to cover both Youbou and Honeymoon Bay) and trips routing to Mill Bay via Cobble Hill Road are eliminated.
  • 2011- 5 Eagle Heights route serving Glenora and Mission reserves introduced as Cowichan Tribes officially becomes an active partner in the system.
  • 2012- Service to Ladysmith and Saltair introduced.
  • March 9, 2020 A new dedicated transit operations and maintenance facility opens, replacing property previously leased from maintenance contractor Berk's Intertruck.[1]
  • April 1, 2021, operations of routes 20, 21, and HandyDART service will be transferred to First Canada.[2]

Routes

Current

Former

Fares

Current

Facilities

Garage/HQ

  • Address: 5271 Boal Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 6W3
  • Email: byoung@farwestvic.com
  • Phone: 250-746-9899

Active Roster

Conventional

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
4017-4022 Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System 4022-a.jpg 2017 Grande West Vicinity 30' Cummins B6.7 Voith D864.6
4431-4432 2017 Grande West Vicinity 35' Cummins B6.7 Voith D864.6
4471-4474 Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System 4471-a.jpg 2018 Grande West Vicinity 35' Cummins B6.7 Voith D864.6
9290-9291, 9293-9297, 9300 Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System 9296-a.jpg 2008 Nova Bus LFS Suburban Cummins ISL Voith D864.5
  • Used on Commuter runs between Duncan/Shawnigan Lake and Victoria.
  • 9300 transferred from Pemberton Valley in November 2011 to replace 9292.

Community Bus

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2730-2731, 2748-2750 2020 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOF 26
GMC Vortec 6.0L
  • 2730-2731 assigned to Ladysmith; 2748-2750 assigned to Youbou/Honeymoon Bay

HandyDART

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2671 2018 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM 28
GMC Vortec 6.0L
2718-2722 2020 Chevrolet
Girardin
4500
Micro Bird/G5
GMC Vortec 6.0L

Transferred/Retired Roster

Conventional

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
0002 BC Transit 0002-a.jpg 2000 TransBus Dart SPD (35')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Voith D823.3E
0109, 0114 Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System 0114-a.jpg 2001 TransBus Dart SPD (35')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Voith D823.3E
  • 0109 damaged by fire and retired.
  • 0114 transferred from Kamloops.
0229 Kelowna Regional Transit System 0229-a.jpg 2002 TransBus Dart SPD (35')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Voith D823.3E
  • Transferred to Victoria for storage in 2008.
610 Victoria Regional Transit System 610-a.jpg 1991 Orion Orion V 05.501 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863.3E
762 1966 GMDD TDH-4519
New Look
Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison VH9
  • Transferred from Victoria in 2000.
  • Transferred to Victoria in 2006.
6777 1981 OBI Orion 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
  • Retired in March 2006.
8903 1989 MCI TC40-102N
Classic
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • Equipped with Telma 4 Stage retarder.
  • Transferred to Victoria in April 2009.
8907-8908 1987 GMDD TC40-102N
Classic
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • Equipped with Telma 4 Stage retarder.
  • 8907 transferred to Nanaimo.
8915 1989 MCI TC40-102N
Classic
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • Equipped with Telma 4 Stage retarder.
  • Used for parts after accident in 2008.
8922 Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System 922-a.jpg 1988 MCI TC40-102N Classic Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • Transferred from Victoria in April 2010 as temporary replacement for 9292.
  • Replaced by 9300 in November 2011.
9054-9055, 9057, 9061 Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System 9061-a.jpg 2000 TransBus Dart SPD (35')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Voith D823.3E
  • 9054-9055, 9061 transferred from Victoria.
  • 9057 transferred from Kamloops.
  • 9057 damaged by fire and retired.
9081-9082 Cowichan Valley Transit System 9081-a.jpg 2001 TransBus Dart SPD (35')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Voith D823.3E
9292 Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System 9292-a.jpg 2008 Nova Bus LFS Suburban Cummins ISL Voith D864.5
  • Used on Commuter runs between Duncan/Shawnigan Lake and Victoria.
  • Involved in head-on collision in April 2010 and retired.
9919-9922, 9928-9929, 9945 Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System 9929-a.jpg 1999 Dennis Dart SLF (30')/Pointer 2 Cummins ISB Allison AT-545

Community Buses

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
C577 1996 Ford
CBB
E-450
Polar III
  • Assigned to Cowichan Valley Conventional
  • Cowichan Valley Paratransit.
C608 1991 International Arrow III
C610, C612-C613 1992 International Arrow III
  • C610 transferred from Kelowna.
  • C612-C613 transferred from Nanaimo.
  • C612 retained as operational spare after arrival of Darts in 1999.
C705-C707 1992 Ford
Overland
E-450
ELF 125
  • Listed on BC Transit rosters as built by Dynamic Specialty Vehicles
  • The first three buses assigned to the new Cowichan Valley Conventional system in 1993
  • retired by 1996.
C712 1996 Ford
Overland
E-450
ELF 125
C830 1998 Ford Professional
  • No w/c lift.
  • Assigned to Youbou.
L97 1998 Ford B-350
  • No w/c lift
  • Vehicle owned by Cowichan Lake Community Services.
  • First bus operated on the Youbou route after CLCS took over the route from original contractor, Our Taxi of Lake Cowichan.
  • Assigned to Youbou.
C983 2005 Ford
CBB
E-450
Polar V
2134 2008 Ford
CBB
E-450
Polar V
  • Assigned to Youbou.
2236 2009 Ford
CBB
E-450
Polar V
  • Assigned to Youbou.
2385-2386, 2393, 2422, 2447 BC Transit 2386-a.jpg 2013 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM28D
GMC Duramax 6.6L
  • 2386-2386 assigned to Ladysmith.
  • 2422 transferred from Squamish in 2017; assigned to Ladysmith.
  • 2393, 2447 assigned to Youbou.
2474, 2551 2014 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM28D
GMC Duramax 6.6L
  • 2474 assigned to Youbou.
  • 2551 transferred from Summerland in 2018.

HandyDART

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
C555 1996 Ford
CBB
E-450
Polar III
2092-2093, 2115 BC Transit 2093-a.jpg 2007 Ford
CBB
E-450
Polar V
2203 2009 Ford
CBB
E-450
Polar V
2379, 2442, 2445 2013 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM28D
GMC Duramax 6.6L
2508, 2554 2014 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM28D
GMC Duramax 6.6L
2593 2015 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM28D
GMC Duramax 6.6L

References

  1. New transit operations and maintenance centre opens in Cowichan Valley, BC Transit, published on March 9, 2020.
  2. South island operating services contract award, BC Transit, published February 17, 2021.


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Current Bus Fleet
New Flyer 1020-1044, 1045-1069, 1070-1114, 1115-1139, 1140-1147, 1148-1185, 1186-1202, 1203-1212, 9101-9106, 9815-9828, 9831-9856, 9861-9878, 9881-9891
Nova 6000-6029, 9201-9210, 9211-9231, 9232-9267, 9268-9289, 9290-9300, 9301-9318, 9319-9433, 9434, 9435-9446, 9447-9486
Vicinity 3001-3015, 4007-4061, 4062-4070, 4071-4073, 4200-4233, 4400-4432, 4433-4474
Double Deck 9001-9010, 9021-9039, 9041-9049, 9501-9526, 9527, 9528, 9529-9531, 9532-9542
Aero Elite 3016-3023, 3024-3028
Sprinter 2340-2341, 2345-2346, 2368, 2450
Girardin 2688-2722
ARBOC 2301-2315, 2316-2377, 2378-2449, 2451-2557, 2558-2624, 2625-2640, 2641-2662, 2663-2687, 2723-2756
Polar 2173-2240
Retired Bus Fleet
GM/MCI 5349, 5350, 6103-6112, 6150-6157, 6171, 6179-6180, 6195, 6199-6203, 6272-6273, 6209-6271, 837-865, 866-879, 5914-5915, 920-928, 929-940, 941-956, 8901-8904, 8905-8910, 8911-8915, 8917-8919
Orion 6701-6706, 6707-6710, 6711-6716, 6720-6735, 6750-6765, 6766-6781, 6782-6789, 600-609, 610
New Flyer 1000-1019, 8001-8009, 8010-8033, 8034-8048, 8049-8094, 8095-8117, 9701-9749, 9750-9760
Dart 0001-0018, 0101-0116, 0221-0237, 9051-9078, 9081-9085, 9901-9904, 9905-9909, 9910-9951
Aero Elite C617-C621
ELF C701-C708
Polar C551-C578, C579-C597, C900-C909, C910-C925, C927-C960, C961-C974, C975-C998, B001-B035, 2040-2074, 2077-2121, 2122-2172
Sprinter L102
Systems
North Central 100 Mile House, Bella Coola, Bulkley Nechako, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Hazeltons, Kitimat, Port Edward, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Skeena, Smithers, Terrace, Williams Lake
Vancouver Island Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Mount Waddington, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Salt Spring Island, Victoria
South Coast Agassiz-Harrison, Central Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, Hope, Powell River, Pemberton Valley, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Whistler
Southern Interior Ashcroft-Clinton, Clearwater, Kamloops, Kelowna, Merritt, Revelstoke, Shuswap, South Okanagan-Similkameen, Vernon
Kootenays Boundary, Columbia Valley, Cranbrook, Creston Valley, Elk Valley, Kimberley, West Kootenay
Former Systems Vancouver, Golden