All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems
British Columbia Communities (A - F)

by David A. Wyatt

Abbotsford - Mission, British Columbia

Principal System

Abbotsford-Matsqui Transit System (28 August 1986 - circa 1995)
Contractor Abbotsford Matsqui Transit listed in (pb89). Contractor Township Transit Services Inc. listed in (BC Transit 1989/90: p38k b4). The separate District Municipalities of Abbotsford and Matsqui were amalgamated to form the City of Abbotsford 01 January 1995. Merged with Mission system about the time of the start-up of the West Coast Express commuter rail service from Vancouver.

CFVT bus (Bill Wong photo, barp.ca) Central Fraser Valley Transit System (circa 1995 - 200x?)
Serving Mission and Abbotsford and area. (BC Transit 1996). Contract operating company Township Transit Services Inc. (BC Transit 1997). Contracting municipalities: City of Abbotsford, and District of Mission (pb98). (BC Transit web page 2000. Photo: Bill Wong, barp.ca)

Vehicle fleet19 buses
Data sources:CTHF/SSG 2000

ValleyMAX Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Township Transit Inc. (BC Transit website 2008). Extended service 04 September 2007 to Aldergrove which is served by the metropolitan Vancouver transit system TransLink. As of 2010 the contract operator was FirstCanada ULC (website 2010). BC Transit seems to use the ValleyMAX and Central Fraser Valley names interchangeably (2010).

Mission System

Mission Transit System (01 April 1979 - circa 1995)
(BC Transit 1988). Operation conducted for BC Transit by contractor Township Transit Services Inc. (BC Transit 1989/90: p15k b1). Merged with Abbotsford - Matsqui system about the time of the start-up of the West Coast Express commuter rail service from Vancouver.

Ashcroft - Cache Creek - Clinton, British Columbia

Ashcroft - Cache Creek - Clinton Transit (January 2008 - present)
Operated under contract by Mile 0 Taxi & Charters (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010, Ash-Cache-Journal.com Aug. 9, 2011).

Bella Coola, British Columbia

Bella Coola Valley Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Bella Coola Valley Bus Co. Ltd. (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Campbell River, British Columbia

Campbell River Transit System (04 January 1982 - present)
(TNC83, BC Transit 1988). Operation conducted for BC Transit by contractor Campbell River Bus & Transportation Inc. (BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1996). Contracted operating company Watson & Ash Transportation Co. Ltd. (BC Transit 1997, 2008, website 2010). (BC Transit web page 2000)

Service area population16,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet9 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Chilliwack, British Columbia

Principal System

Chilliwack Bus Lines (1960s & 1970s?)
Owner in 1967 was Leslie R. Stevens (Vancouver Sun Aug. 31, 1967, p. 41). Robert Johnson assumed ownership July 1969 (Vancouver Sun Jun. 13, 1970, p. 11). Ownership changed hands August 1970 from Johnson to John J. Griffin (Vancouver Sun Oct. 30, 1970, p. 18; Aug. 30, 1973, p 42). In 1973 service area covered Chilliwack, Sardis, Vedder Crossing, and Cultus Lake. (Canadian Coach 1971).

Chilliwack Transit System (01 June 1980 - 200x?)
(BC Transit 1988). Operation conducted for BC Transit by contractor Township Transit Services Inc. Contracting municipality: District of Chilliwack (pb98). (BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1997). (BC Transit 1996, BC Transit web page 2000).

Service area population40,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet5 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Chilliwack/Agassiz-Harrison Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Township Transit Inc. serving Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Kent, and Rosedale (BC Transit website 2008). As of 2010 the contract operator was FirstCanada ULC (website 2010).

Agazziz - Harrison System

[Agassiz - Harrison Paratransit System] (circa 1999 - 200x?)
Operation conducted by BC Transit and the contracting municipality or municipalities by a contractor. Service connects Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz and Rosedale with Chilliwack. (BC Transit web page 2000) Web page title is Agassiz-Harrison Transit Service (2001). As of 2008 part of Chilliwack system.

Clearwater, British Columbia

[Clearwater & Area Paratransit System] (circa 1999 - 200x?)
Operation conducted by a contractor for BC Transit and the municipal government(s). (BC Transit web page 2000, BC Transit web page 2001)

Clearwater & Area Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Wells Grey Community Resources Society serving Barriere, Blue River, Clearwater, and Little Fort (BC Transit website 2008). As of 2010 the contract operator was Yellowhead Community Services (website 2010).

Courtenay, British Columbia

Comox Paratransit System (01 August 1981 - 1990s?)
Operated for BC Transit and the municipalities by contractor Watson and Ash Transportation Co. Ltd. (1 bus) (BC Transit 1989/90). Superseded as principal transit service by a conventional system.

Comox Valley Transit System (23 July 1990 - present)
Operation conducted for BC Transit by a contractor. (CTHF/SSG 1993) (BC Transit 1996). Contract operating company Watson & Ash Transportation Co. Ltd. (BC Transit 1997, 2008, website 2010). Contracting municipality: Regional District of Comox-Strathcona (pb98). (BC Transit web page 2000). Serving Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland, and Royston (BC Transit website 2008).

Vehicle fleet5 buses
Data sources:CTHF/SSG 2000

References

Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

Population centres in the Cowichan Valley Regional District include Chemainus, Cobble Hill, Crofton, Honeymoon Bay, Duncan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Mill Bay, North Cowichan, Shawnigan Lake, and Youbou.

Cowichan Valley Paratransit System (25 May 1987 - 200x?)
Operated for BC Transit and the municipalities by contractor Cowichan Valley Volunteer Society (1 bus) (BC Transit 1989/90). Superseded as principal transit system by a conventional service. (BC Transit web page 2000)

Cowichan Valley Transit System (26 August 1993 - 200x?)
Operation conducted for BC Transit by a contractor. (CTHF/SSG 1993) (BC Transit 1996). Contracted operating company The Gray Line of Victoria and Cowichan Lake Community Services Society (BC Transit 1997). Under the separate heading "Youbou/Cowichan Valley" CTHF/SSG 1998 and CTHF/SSG 2000 list an assigned BC Transit fleet of one minibus. The CVTS web site includes route "C" "Youbou Connector" (CVTS web site 2000). (BC Transit web page 2000, BC Transit web page 2001)

Vehicle fleet9 buses (Duncan plus Youbou)
Data sources:CTHF/SSG 2000

Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System (200x? - present)
Serving Chemainus, Cobble Hill, Cowichan Valley, Crofton, Duncan, Honeymoon Bay, Lake Cowichan, Mill Bay, North Cowichan, Shawnigan Lake, and Youbou. Urban services operated under contract by Greyhound Transportation Canada Inc. (a subsidiary of FirstBus Canada Ltd.) (BC Transit website 2008). Rural services operated by Volunteer Cowichan (BC Transit website 2008). As of 2010 the contract operator was FirstCanada ULC with the Youbou and Honeymoon Bay connector service operated by Cowichan Lake Community Services Society (website 2010). Service extended to Ladysmith 03 September 2013, including community bus service replacing the Ladysmith Trolley.

Duncan – Victoria Commuter System

Cowichan Valley Commuter Transit System (20 October 2008 - present)
Commuter service connecting Victoria with Duncan, Shawnigan Lake and Mill Bay area. Funding is cost shared between the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Victoria Regional Transit Commission and BC Transit. Contract operator is Farwest handyDART Services Inc. (BC Transit website 2009). As of 2010 the contract operator was FirstCanada ULC (website 2010).

Ladysmith System

Ladysmith Trolley (04 August 2009 - 02 September 2013)
Seven-route 100-minute single vehicle system (All Aboard the Ladysmith Trolley, Ladysmith Downtown Business Assoc. 2009). Fare structure replaced donation fares October 2011 (“Ladysmith trolley going user-pay” canada.com 2011). Replaced by an extension of CVRTS 03 September 2013. (website 2013).

Ladysmith Trolley logo
system logo
Data source: online schedule 2011 (dated 2009)

Cranbrook, British Columbia

Cranbrook Paratransit System (01 January 1982 - 2000?)
Paratransit service conducted by Cranbrook Home Support Services under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1989/90: 1 bus). Listed in the 1997 telephone directory as Cranbrook Transit System. Contracting municipality: City of Cranbrook (pb97). Supplanted by a conventional transit service (CTN 2000, City Website 2000). (BC Transit web page 2000).

Cranbrook Transit System (01 December 2000 - present)
Operated under contract by Greyhound Transportation Canada Inc., a subsidiary of FirstCanada ULC (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010). (BC Transit 2001).

Ridership220,000 (2009)
Data source:BC Transit press release 2010 Nov. 24

Creston, British Columbia

Creston Valley Paratransit System (03 April 1989 - 200x?)
Paratransit service conducted by Creston Valley Handi-Bus Society under a contract with BC Transit and the municipal government(s) (BC Transit 1989/90: 1 bus). In 1997 contract operator was Creston Valley Home Support Services (BC Transit 1997). (BC Transit web page 2000, (BC Transit web page 2001)

Creston Valley Transit System (200x? - present)
Operated under contract by Grouse Mountain Transportation (BC Transit website 2008). Contract operator for the period 01 April 2010 - 31 March 2017 is Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services (website 2010). System also operates twice-per-week Creston-Cranbrook Connector service between Creston and Cranbrook.

Dawson Creek, British Columbia

Dawson Creek Transit System (01 April 1981 - present)
(TNC84, BC Transit 1988). Operation conducted by Nordbo Services Ltd. under a contract with BC Transit (pb89, BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1997, 2008). Contracting municipality: City of Dawson Creek (pb97). As of 2010 the contract operator was Diversified Transportation Ltd. (website 2010). (BC Transit 1996, BC Transit web page 2000, BC Transit web page 2001).

Service area population10,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet3 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

Fernie, British Columbia

Elk Valley Transit System (25 February 2008 - present)
Connecting Elkford, Sparwood, Jaffray, Elko, Baynes Lake, and Grassmere with Fernie. Operated under contract by DSR Holdings Ltd. (BC Transit website 2008, website 2010).

Fort St. John, British Columbia

Fort St. John Transit System (06 March 1981 - present)
(BC Transit 1988). Operation conducted by Nordbo Services Ltd. under a contract with BC Transit (pb89, BC Transit 1989/90, BC Transit 1997, 2008, website 2010). Contracting municipality: City of Fort St. John (pb97). (BC Transit 1996, BC Transit web page 2000, BC Transit web page 2001).

Service area population12,000 (1989)
Vehicle fleet4 buses (2000)
Data sources:BC Transit 1989/90
CTHF/SSG 2000

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