Victoria Regional Transit System

How Victoria Regional Transit is Funded

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Transit service in the Victoria Region is funded through four main sources: provincial contributions, local government contributions, fuel tax and passenger fares..

The total cost to run the service last fiscal year was $122.8 million. Funding for the system came from transit fares (operations) ($35.3 million or 28.8 per cent), BC Bus Pass ($4.6 million or 3.8 per cent), provincial funding (transfers) ($45.6 million or 37.1 per cent), local government property taxes (transfers) ($24.3 million or 19.8 per cent), fuel tax ($12.3 million or 10.0 per cent) and other revenue, which includes bus advertising, is ($0.7 million or 0.5 per cent).

By the Numbers

(2016-2017 Fiscal Year End Actuals)

Total ridership: 25.5 million total trips,
Total fleet: 282 (173 Heavy Duty, 62 High Capacity, 19 Medium Duty, 28 Light Duty)
Total service hours for conventional service: 810,000 hours
Total service hours for custom service: 123,000 hours

Victoria Regional Transit Overall Year End Performance (conventional)

Compared to similar sized systems across Canada, the Victoria Regional Transit Systemhad:

  • 107 per cent more passengers per capita
  • 10.1 per cent more passengers per hour
  • 17.4 per cent lower cost per total service hour
  • 25 per cent lower operating cost per passenger


Victoria Regional Transit System Comparison to Industry Benchmarks

The Victoria Regional Transit conventional service compares well to similar systems in the Canadian Urban Transit Authority (CUTA, 2015), Urban Transit Population Group 3 Excerpt (service area population 150001 - 400,000).