History & Quick Facts
Regional Transit is operated by the Regional District of Nanaimo in partnership with BC Transit.
Regional Transit operates the transit system, sets fares, and provides bus shelters, exchanges and other on-street facilities. BC Transit provides planning and marketing services, vehicles and inspections.
BC Transit pays 47% of conventional transit and 67% of custom transit (HandyDART). Regional Transit is responsible for the remaining costs, which are offset by passenger fares and advertising revenues. Regional Transit costs which are not recovered through passenger fares and advertising revenues are paid through property taxes from areas participating in the transit service.
Quick facts about Regional Transit
- The Regional District of Nanaimo introduced regional transit service in 1969.
- Regional Transit is one of the largest transit systems in B.C. outside of Greater Vancouver and Victoria.
- In 2008, Nanaimo Regional Transit carried less than 1 million passengers. As of 2008, 2.3 million were transported
- Who is riding transit? 68% of the passengers go to either work or school, 13% go shopping, 3% go to medical appointments and 16% listed other in mulitple surveys taken in 2008.
- Frequency of Transit use? 48% use transit 6-7 days per week, 31% use it 4-5 days per week, 13% use it 2-3 days per week, 5% us it 2-4 times per month and 3% use it less than 2 times per month
- handyDART carried over 63,000 trips in 2008, and had their first expansion in 15years in the fall, adding an additional 2,400 hours to the system and an additional bus and driver
- Nanaimo Regional Transit employs over 100 staff, comprised of operators, mechanics, administration staff (Dispatchers, secretaries), service staff (primarily bus cleaners), coordinators, superintendent and management
- Nanaimo Regional Transit has 43 transit buses and 18 handyDART buses that are all on the road daily