TikiBus is Tofino based shared transportation service operating a 21 passenger bus offering Flexible-Transit and Charter Bus services which could include, but aren’t limited to: Special Event Shuttle Bus, Staff functions, safe ride to and from dinners and weddings. Reservable, reliable, and recommended by resorts and restaurants, we aren’t like the local taxi company, we’re the local bus service so we’re here to do what we can to help deliver you to your destination.
The rationale behind our establishment of our TikiBus service was to improve the quality of life and enhance the year-round transportation options for Tofino’s residents and visitors.
How can TikiBus improve Tofitian’s quality of life? Any form of transit can help reduce private vehicle use and that may lead to reduced congestion on our ‘downtown’ roads and maybe freeing up some parking spaces. Our bus can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Tofino as proposed in the Official Community Plan and will allow seniors and others who can’t drive or are apprehensive about driving to stay in the community longer. Buses allow youth to reach community venues for recreational activities and to visit friends in different parts of town. Most importantly, a bus will increase safety on Tofino roads for everyone. Our desire is that TikiBus will be able to follow a flexible route with a regular schedule to link Tofino’s community resources and population centres.
To initiate the project, we did it the only way it was possible, we went into debt. Hence we must charge a Bus Fare to ride on TikiBus. TikiCab Transportation Company leased a 21 seat bus in May 2018 and was allowed to begin operating in August 2018 and a regular Wednesday – Saturday Late Bus scheduled run ensued. We now operate our scheduled late bus 5 nights a week for the Summer and our On-Demand Service operates 5-6 days a week from Lunchtime trips until after your late evening dinner trips.
However, since we do rely on hourly charter work to fund the scheduled bus runs, we are occasionally forced to cancel a scheduled run… but only for the greater good and always with advance notice so check the website or, follow us on Instagram and Twitter for our most up to the minute notifications.
Why DOES IT COST $5 To RIDE TIKIBUS?
A frequent comment I hear is “Why should I pay to ride on this bus, the other during the Summer bus is ‘free’.” Well, we are not heavily subsidized by the Government like the ‘Free Shuttle’ operated by Wilson’s, unfortunately we receive none of the ‘Gas Tax Money’ or District of Tofino/Provincial RMI funds for our service. (Sadly, most of that transit funding money leaves town as fast as it gets here), and, any transit funding from the ACRD is only going to be for their half-million dollar a year Tofino-Ucluelet Regional BC Transit scheme.
Therefore, and unfortunately, we need to raise our operating funds from other sources (fares, charters, advertising if you are interested) so please #ridethebus and support #RuralTransit.
Thank you for choosing to TikiBus!
Who Are WE?
Chris (Your TikiBus Owner / Operator)
“You keep us alive.”