The following government release details plans to entice more people to take the bus in Greater Victoria. When travelling the bus from Sooke takes 150% longer than taking the car, when the frequency is often less than once an hour, and when there is no late night service, it’s hard to see how these improvement contribute in anyway to the Sooke commuter. OK, Britt, enough editorializing. Here is the government release.
Faster, efficient public transit will soon entice more people to take the bus, now that construction is starting on the northbound Douglas Street bus lane extension.
The extension will be from Tolmie Avenue to the Burnside Bridge, between Tillicum Road and McKenzie Avenue.
The Douglas Street corridor is one of the busiest commuter routes in the city. It currently supports as many as 1,700 vehicles per hour during peak travel times. At the same time, BC Transit buses move 40% of the people taking this route during peak hours, while only making up 3% of the traffic.
Construction of this northbound bus lane complements the City of Victoria’s southbound lane, currently underway from Tolmie to Hillside Avenue. Between bus lane projects already in construction, and future work in planning stages – such as the Colwood/View Royal bus lanes – Greater Victoria’s West Shore transit priority corridor is quickly becoming a reality.
The northbound Douglas Street bus lane extension from Tolmie Avenue to the Burnside Bridge is expected to be complete this fall for a total cost of $14.2 million, with the Province contributing $9.575 million and the Government of Canada providing up to $4.625 million under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
The contract for this project was awarded to Jacob Bros. Construction Inc. of Surrey. During construction, the ministry will make every effort to minimize delays and maximize predictability for commuters by doing the majority of work outside of peak traffic periods.
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