BC Transit has announced it will expand its bus routes in the Nanaimo area, by adding a new “high-traffic corridor” route in west Nanaimo.

The new route will offer a closed-loop north of Mount Benson. The 1.5km route will take three hours to complete.

“We’ve heard that Nanaimo feels we aren’t taking residents’ concerns into account when we route-plan,” said BC Transit spokesperson Dan Gheesling. “We’ve listened, and that’s why we’re pleased to offer this new route.”

The addition of a second route now doubles Nanaimo’s transit coverage.

Further, Gheesling says the convenient location will serve as the city’s transit hub, meaning all other busses will depart from this location.

This means a south-to-north trip ending at Woodgrove Centre will now take only 5.5 hours, a significant improvement over the current time.

Nanaimo Mayor Leonard “The Beast” Krog said he’s encouraged by the improvements to the transit system. “This is exactly the kind of service Nanaimo deserves. I’m thrilled that BC Transit has decided to add this route.”

The new transit route doesn’t worry local resident Derrick Levasseur, who operates a “person carry” service on the same route. “I can still carry someone faster than this new transit route will take, so I’m good.”

Nanaimo resident Derrick Levasseur doesn’t believe the new transit route will impact his business.

Implementation of the new route has been fast-tracked by BC Transit. It expects to be in operation by June 2027.

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