Last summer, I was downtown with a bunch of people, and we were all waiting around at night at a fairly deserted bus stop. It wasn\'t one of the ones like Douglas and Fort where people were always around.
As we were boarding the bus stop, one girl was desperately rooting around her bag to find some way to pay for the bus. Unfortunately, all she could come up with was a five dollar bill. She tried asking everyone who was boarding if they had change they could spare or help break up her five, but either no one had anything or no one wanted to deal with her. I was waiting in line to board and I felt so awful for her. It was dark and cold out, and I felt quite wretched for her. I wouldn\'t want to be in a situation like that where no one could or would help me.
So I looked in my wallet and took out one of my spare bus tickets and gave it to her and wished her good night and to be safe. She was surprised but immediately thanked me for my random act of kindness.
I didn\'t expect her to be so thankful for my help. It was such a small thing for me to do but to her, I helped her get home safe and sound.
It\'s been something that has been on my mind every time I board a bus. I hope we can all help each other out in the future!
I moved to Vancouver Island in July of 2011 after being offered a temporary job in Victoria. I had just spent 7 very stressful months unemployed and fresh out of grad school. Moving to the Island from the Mainland was a huge change for my partner and I and we were exhausted. When I started my first weeks at my new job, I began taking the 07:05 70X bus from the newly completed McTavish Park & Ride in Sidney. I rode the bus in silent stress and anxiety-riddled anticipation of learning a whole new community, transit route and job. Within a month though, I met my first \"Bus Family\" member, Maureen. She sat next to me most mornings on the bus and we\'d talk about workplace performance, marketing, communications, being women in competitive workplaces and being swimmers. Maureen was the first friend I had on \"The Rock\". Then came the dynamic duo of Maryann and Karen. These two bubbly, smiling, kind ladies began sitting with Maureen and I and soon, we\'d have the whole back of the bus laughing, sharing, talking and contributing. These ladies gave me food to eat when things were financially tough around Thanksgiving. They forwarded me job opportunities, helped me find a doctor in my community (MIRACLE) and made me feel a part of their lives. They are my Transit Heroines because without them, my new life here on the Rock would have been a lot bumpier and had a lot less laughter. I love all three of them and I wouldn\'t have met them without BC Transit\'s 70X.
And you are aboard a bus on Salt Spring Island. Those nice bus drivers: Dan, Tao, Tony, Brad, Alistair, they stop for you anywhere it\'s safe to pull off the road. I used to walk miles; now I can afford to be lazy and have a ride. Sometimes I just go for a joy-ride.
The buses go to all the harbours on Salt Spring. You don\'t need anybody to drive you to the ferry – or from it. Just \'hop\' on the bus (\'hop\' is not my case – I don\'t hop anymore!)
Where else can you see a beautiful deer by the road from a bus? I think we are very lucky to have them – the buses and the deer.
On Saturday morning my bus was half-full with passengers reading, texting, or staring out the window. An older man pulled the bell and the driver stopped. The man needed to hold onto the railings and step carefully out the door, then the door closed, but the bus didn\'t move. It turns out the man had fallen as he stepped out of the bus, but none of us had seen. Everyone was still looking around to see what happened when the driver had already unbuckled and gotten out of the bus and walked over to the man still on the ground. He helped him up, brushed him off, and made sure he wasn\'t injured before heading back to the bus.
Victoria drivers are the nicest public service people I have every met and aren\'t afraid to help their passengers. Thanks for being so awesome!
Transit Heroes- Port McNeill Rotary Club Living in a rural region often means thinking outside the “box.” In 2008, when Mount Waddington Transit was launched to provide transit service to residents living on Northern Vancouver Island, covered shelters were a …
couple of weeks ago one of b c transit victoria drivers hans forsberg was running a 70 express near royal oak when he noticed a vancouver area 20 plus tour bus that had smoke coming from it\'s engine compartment. hans carried on with his route and upon reaching sayward junction saw that the tour bus was stopped with all 20 passengers stranded beside the road. hans realized that there was a good chance that these folks were heading to the ferry terminal, so he pulled over to ask. they were indeed on their way back to vancouver, so he loaded them all into the \"decker\" and conveyed them all to the ferry so that they wouldn\'t be unduly delayed
I love taking the ferry in the summer… and I love taking the bus to get there.
The Express bus from downtown Victoria to Swartz Bay is fun because it is a double-decker, and you always get there just in time (never late) so no unnecessary waiting around required.