Nanaimo Regional Transit System

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Nanaimo Regional Transit System
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Founded 1969
Headquarters 6300 Hammond Bay Road
Locale Nanaimo
Service type Bus service, Paratransit
Alliance BC Transit
Website Regional Transit

Nanaimo Regional Transit System provides both conventional bus service and special needs paratransit services within the Regional District of Nanaimo in British Columbia, Canada. The system, operated by the Regional Transportation Services Department, is jointly funded by BC Transit, the provincial agency responsible for transit services outside Metro Vancouver.


There are 17 scheduled bus routes in the region.[1] The transit system operates seven days a week, with reduced service on weekends and holidays. All accessible buses are also equipped with bike racks. In rural areas the buses can be flagged down, as there are no designated bus stops. Passengers who are worried about their personal safety at night can ask the driver to drop them off between regular bus stops.[2]

Regular routes[edit]

In September 2015, many of the original routes were renumbered so that all the routes between the Prideaux Exchange and Woodgrove Centre would end in a zero.[3] Routes 12 and 93 were discontinued due to low ridership, while Route 40 (formerly Route 4) was extended to Woodgrove Centre and its circulation was increased to every 15-30 minutes during peak hours.[3]

No. Name Route
1 Country Club/Downtown Prideaux Transit Exchange, Brooks Landing Centre, Country Club Exchange
5 Fairview Prideaux Transit Exchange, Vancouver Island University, Harewood, Westwood/Jingle Pot
6 Harewood Prideaux Transit Exchange, Harewood, University Village, Vancouver Island University and return
7 Cinnabar/Cedar Prideaux transit Exchange,South Parkway Plaza, Cinnabar, Cedar, South Parkway Plaza and return to Prideaux Exchange
11 Lantzville Woodgrove Exchange to Lantzville via Aulds Then via phillp to eastwind/northwind area then back to Woodgrove Exchange.
15/15A VIU Connector/VIU Connector via Jingle Pot Vancouver Island University, Woodgrove Exchange with trips going down the entire length of Jingle Pot Road at certain times.
20/20A Hammond Bay/Dover Prideaux Transit Exchange, Downtown, BC Ferries Departure Bay Terminal, Brooks Landing Centre, Departure Bay, Hammond Bay, Woodgrove Exchange
25 Ferry Shuttle Prideaux Transit Exchange, Downtown, BC Ferries Departure Bay Terminal
30 NRGH (Nanaimo Regional General Hospital) Prideaux Transit Exchange, Nanaimo Regional Hospital, Country Club Exchange, Woodgrove Exchange
40 Express VI University Prideaux Transit Exchange, University Village, Vancouver Island University, Country Club Exchange, Nanaimo North Town Centre, Woodgrove Exchange
50 Woodgrove/Downtown Express along the Island Highway from Prideaux Transit Exchange, Terminal Park, Country Club Exchange, Woodgrove Exchange
88 Parksville Parksville area.
91 Intercity Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Woodgrove Exchange. Occasional service to BC Ferries Departure Bay Terminal and Prideaux Transit Exchange.
92 Hammond Bay Once-daily route for bus students. Only runs on weekdays between September and June.
99 Deep Bay From Woodgrove exchange to Deep Bay. Only runs on Tuesdays.


handyDART is a dial-a-ride service for people with a disability that is sufficiently severe that they are unable to use regular transit buses without assistance. Clients must be pre-registered to make use of this service.[4]


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