In 2019, TransLink tested Transit On-Demand services on Bowen Island from July 15 to September 15, 2019. The on-demand services supplemented the existing routes — 280, 281 and 282 — which continued to provide regular transit service during the trial.

Two additional shuttles offered Transit On-Demand services:

  • Weekday Evenings: Fixed pick-up from Snug Cove from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Weekends: Flexible pick-up and drop-off anytime between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Transit On-Demand customers booked trips up to two weeks in advance using the TapRide app on a smartphone or web browser, or by calling the dispatcher.

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Following competition of the pilot project in September 2019, Translink produced a summarizing report. This can be viewed here: Transit On Demand Pilot Program – 2019 Bowen Island Report.