This is an initiative of Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society in partnership with the Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation (HICEEC) that offered a free summer bus service around the island in August.
The 2nd chapter
After the successful first season, Community enthusiasm was running high to carry on with the bus service. But with no funding the bus was parked at the end of the 2017 summer. However, the 2017 successful pilot project drew the attention of the Comox Valley Regional District, who are responsible for public transportation service in the area. In a forward thinking manner the CVRD stepped up with a commitment to undertake their own summer of 2018 pilot project to review the viability and logistics of the service. The Hornby community sponsors, and local governments, collaborated to bring service back for the full summer of 2018 This years sponsors are:
Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park
Lerena Vineyards and Hornby Island Pizzeria & Bakery
Hornby Coop Store and Gas Bar
Donna & Jenessa Tuele/ LePage Realty
Ford Cove Harbour Authority
Fords Cove Store, Campsite & Cottages
Hornby Island Community Fund
…to be continued as the year unfolds.
In 2017, the Hornby island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation and the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Center collaborated to bring public transportation to Hornby Island.
The first step was buying the bus, this was done with some assistance from a grant from the Hornby Community Fund, and operations were entirely paid for by a group of local businesses.
These businesses “bought a bus stop”. The bus had hourly service, basically on the main road, from the Ferry to Ford Cove Harbour. (2017 schedule link: https://hornbybus.com/schedule/)
Many thanks to our generous 2017 sponsors:
With over 2000 riders in a 31 day pilot project, from August 3/17 to Sept. 2/17, the local appetite for bus service was apparent.
The service was used for site seeing, island appointments, shopping of all kinds, to get to work, for leaving the car behind while having a few drinks at local drinking establishments, and simply for the fun of it.
The bus went to the Fall Fair and was a big hit in the parade.
It provided a greener alternative than driving independent cars, supports the services offered by a local non-profit society,
provided an affordable option for transport, and offered a ride in place of hitch-hiking for many.
We loved having an Island Bus and are excited that in 2018 it will be in operation for the whole summer (July & August).