Bus service was established on Salt Spring Island in January 2008. In the first year of service ridership was more than double what was expected with a maximum of 1,508 rides a week. In 2009, the Salt Spring Island Transit System was awarded the “Exceptional Service with Outstanding Performance” award from the Canadian Urban Transit Association.
Salt Spring Island Transit has 6 routes running daily with extended hours during the summer months. Three routes connect the island’s three ferry terminals at Fulford, Long Harbour and Vesuvius with downtown Ganges. The fourth route is within Ganges, the fifth route runs between the Fernwood neighbourhood and Ganges and the sixth route is the Salt Spring Connector. The service utilizes lift-equipped minibuses that can accommodate passengers using mobility aids such as wheelchairs and scooters.
Some areas on Salt Spring do not have physical bus stops. In these areas, customers "wave" a bus down on designated roads, at a safe location, where visibility is good and where the bus can easily pull off the road, such as a driveway. The driver may not be able to safely stop for you if the posted speed limit exceeds 60km/hr. The same guidelines apply to getting off the bus. Ask the driver to find a safe place to stop, close to where you want to get off.