The GERTIE community bus system carried its 20,000th rider this past week, surprising teenager Sadie Gambrill as she boarded the new Blanche bus.
GERTIE driver Bob Andrew presented Sadie with a monthly pass plus numerous other prizes provided by local Gabriola businesses.
Frequent GERTIE rider Sadie is pictured here with GERTIE volunteer driver Trevor Gear.
Read more in this week’s Gabriola Sounder
Sometime this week someone will be GERTIE’s 20,000th passenger. To acknowledge this amazing milestone we will be awarding that passenger with a monthly pass plus numerous other prizes provided by our local Gabriola businesses.
Based on your comments, and the drivers’ experience of the various routes, we are adding some brackets to several timing points that people have not been using. These changes will take effect Tuesday, February 10th. The changes are on the Routes and Schedules page if you want to check them out.
You can catch a ride on GERTIE if you’re heading to Camp Miriam for the Spirit Feast on Christmas Day. GERTIE will take the usual Route A afternoon run that starts at 4:15 at the Ferry. After doing the route around the island it will then head along Taylor Bay road and arrive at Camp Miriam around 5:17. If you live in the Hemlock/Spruce area, Ferne/Hess or Whalebone please email us if you want a ride. GERTIE will also take you home.
Have you thought about GERTIE passes or tickets as stocking stuffers? Pick yours up at Village Foods, Mid Island Coop, or ABC Liquor Store at Twin Beaches. And don’t forget to check the Christmas schedule if you’re catching GERTIE December 24th to 31st (see below).
Regular services will be in effect up until December 23rd.
As usual, there will be no GERTIE service on the Statutory Holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
On Dec. 24th, 29th, 30th and 31st we will be operating a “holiday schedule” with only one bus in service in the mornings and afternoons. The schedule will be as follows:
Morning – Regular first A run (Village 6:45, Silva Bay 7:00, Village 7:18) then down Harrison (7:20) to the Ferry, then out to Twin Beaches and back by 7:30. Regular second B run (Wild Cherry/Tashtego/Rollo/Twin Beaches/Ferry). (No first B run, no second A run)
Afternoon – Meet ferries at both 4:10 and 5:20 and take passengers to where they need to go on our regular routes.
The mid-day bus will also be operating, as usual, on Saturday December 27th and Tuesday December 30th.
Regular services will resume on January 2nd.