What's Happened So Far
The Victoria Regional Transit Commission continues to move forward with the development of transit priority along the identified rapid transit corridor. At the September 10th Victoria Regional Transit Commission meeting, the Commission approved investing $1.5 million dollars in bus/bike only lanes on Douglas Street. The lanes will operate in peak periods 6-9 am/3-6 pm. Phase 1, involves the construction from Fisgard to Hillside and the City anticipates that they would commence the work in November, pause during Christmas and be complete by January 2014. Phase two will include the creation of a new northbound lane from Hillside and Tolmie with a construction start-date to be confirmed.
Learn more about the Victoria Region Transit Priority Corridors here.
The Regional Transit Local Funding Options Technical Report has been completed and is now available. In addition, transit priority treatment options for the Douglas Street, Island Highway and McKenzie Avenue corridors continue to be evaluated. Preliminary options have been identified and impact assessments are underway. A draft report, which will summarize findings, is being developed and will be presented to the Victoria Regional Transit Commission in April.
March 2012 Update: Uptown to Downtown – Moving Forward
BC Transit was requested to make a presentation at the second joint council meeting of Victoria and Saanich. The presentation was focused on the Douglas Street corridor, with the theme of transit on the corridor and linkage to the long term rapid transit project. Discussion around transit priority and interim plans were discussed to ensure that the Douglas Street corridor is established as the primary transit corridor in the region.
August 2011 Update: Release of Technical Reports
The Technical Reports provide detailed information in the Victoria Regional Rapid Transit Report - Report to BC Transit Board [6.6mb] . The Technical Reports can be found here.
June 2011 Update: BC Transit Board Approval
At the BC Transit Board of Directors meeting held on May 26, 2011, a motion was passed to support moving the Victoria Regional Rapid Transit project forward to the next stage, specifically:
ON A MOTION duly made and seconded, IT WAS RESOLVED that the Board of Directors approve:
- The Victoria Regional Rapid Transit Report - Report to BC Transit Board [6.6mb] for submission to the Province;
- The following endorsement from the Victoria Regional Transit Commission:
- Approve the Victoria Regional Rapid Transit Project recommendation of Light Rail technology
- Support moving the project forward to the next stage to seek and secure federal and provincial funding required to develop a capital and operating funding plan. This plan will identify the secured funding sources for the project, including the required local share.
- As per the CRD resolution, BC Transit and the Capital Regional District will establish a task force to investigate alternative funding and transit incentive options for the local share.
- Direct staff to prepare a plan for consideration by the VRTC in September 2011, identifying interim improvements to transit services and infrastructure in accordance with the direction of the LRT project.
- The development of a capital and operating funding plan and a finalized business case to be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval.
April 2011: Light Rail Recommendation
Based on extensive public consultation and detailed analysis, on April 26th, 2011 Light Rail Transit (LRT) was recommended as the preferred technology to connect Victoria to the West Shore.