Gabriola Island’s community bus service celebrated its 100,000th passenger Saturday, 6½ years after it began carrying island residents around town.
Deemed too small for the B.C. Transit service, Gabriola began its own volunteer-run community bus service with a little funding from the regional district. After a transit referendum in 2016, the bus began to receive property-tax support and became a permanent fixture, said Steven Earle, a board member with the Gabriola Community Bus Foundation.
Three small buses operate six days a week in the morning, mid-day and late afternoon.
The 100,000th passenger, Gabriola resident Stephen Levesque, rode the bus on Wednesday at 10 a.m. He received a free annual pass and gifts from island retailers during a Saturday afternoon celebration.