A new Denman Island bus service starts rolling on Canada Day.

The Comox Valley Regional District in partnership with Denman Works will launch the service tomorrow (July 1st). 

It’s a pilot project that will run three days a week (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the occasional stat Monday) until Labour Day.

The summer service will travel according to a schedule going around the island and bus stops will be marked with a tall sandwich board. 

There will be five designated stops – Denman West terminal, downtown (Denman Activity Centre & Museum), the Guesthouse, Farmer’s Market, and Gravelly Bay Ferry Terminal. 

There will also be pickup and drop off on request along the route at driver discretion depending on time. 

The service will not only enable travel to key destinations on the island, but it will facilitate connections to BC Ferries where bus riders can travel to the Comox Valley or Hornby Island, where other buses will make regional travel without a private vehicle possible.

“We are very excited to be part of this transit partnership on Denman and Hornby,” explains Daniel Arbour, CVRD Director for Electoral Area A: Baynes Sound, Denman and Hornby Islands. 

“Hopefully residents and visitors will experiment with this new service for their commutes over the summer months. In the fall, a review of the pilot project will be completed for Denman, and combined with results of the Transport Study being conducted by Denman Works will inform future approach for Denman transit”

The bus will be a light-duty vehicle with 20 seats and will have wheelchair access and a rear luggage compartment. 

The cost will be $2 per ride and paid by cash or credit card on board the bus.                                                                              

The CVRD awarded the contract to Ambassador Transportation. 

According to the district, Ambassador has been providing transportation services in the Comox Valley for over a decade and “is fully qualified in terms of licensing, permits, and insurance.”

Ambassador Transportation is looking to hire Denman Island drivers. If you are interested contact Denman Works for more information.

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