Transit Future in the Regional District of Nanaimo

Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Regional District of Nanaimo

The need for transit service between the Cowichan Valley Regional District and Regional District of Nanaimo was identified in the Cowichan Valley Region Transit Future Plan (2012), Regional District of Nanaimo Transit Future Plan (2014), and the South Nanaimo Local Area Transit Plan (2019).

BC Transit and its regional partners are seeking feedback from the public regarding implementation of transit service between the Cowichan Valley and the Nanaimo region.

We’re looking for the public to provide input on:

  • The route start and final destination
  • Preferred trip times
  • Fares

To learn more about this project and to provide your feedback through our online survey, visit: engage.bctransit.com/cvrd-rdn through October 16, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, online engagement was deactivated and postponed after its original March 2020 launch date to give residents time to prioritize their immediate needs and adjust. Now, in order to continue to plan for future transit needs, online engagement resumes with the unchanged goal of improving connections throughout and between regions.

In 2014, the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit Future Plan  was completed. This plan provides a vision for improving the region's transit network over the next 25 years by:

  • Supporting local community goals and objectives, including:

    • the need to grow economic vitality

    • preserve our green integrity and;

    • develop liveable neighbourhoods that demonstrate the integration of all sustainable modes of transportation.

  • Strengthening the link between transportation and land-use in order to achieve sustainable growth and development, promoting community resiliency.

  • Identifying a Transit Future Network that includes four layers of transit service tailoring transit to regional and local community needs:

    • Rapid Transit

    • Frequent Transit

    • Local Transit

    • Targeted Service

Local Area Transit Plans - How to get involved

The Local Area Transit Plans are being developed to determine transit service and infrastructure priorities within specific areas of the Nanaimo region. These plans will support the goals and objectives identified in the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit Future Plan.


Moving Forward with Technology

BC Transit is committed to continuously enhancing your experience as a rider. As part of this endeavour, we are moving forward with the installation and development of technology initiatives to improve efficiency, increase security and put you in control of your BC Transit experience.

Local Area Transit Plans

In 2014, the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit Plan was completed. This plan provides a vision for improving the region's transit network over the next 25 years.

Completed Plans

Transit Future looks at how you can improve your transit system to better meet the needs of your community now and for the generation to come. Here are the plans that have been completed in the region.