The Better Transit Alliance was featured in the final of a three part series in the Goldstream News Gazette on transportation issues on Greater Victoria’s West Shore. The ‘West Shore on the Go’ series by Joel Tansey is a very worthwhile read, particularly Part 1 – Commuting transit riders want improved travel times Continue reading “Better Transit Alliance featured in West Shore paper”
Better Transit Alliance member Eric Doherty interviewed by Zeb King for the Shaw Cable show Transparency about transit solutions for Greater Victoria. Watch the 25 minute video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvtvGHJIRzo
Douglas Street Bus Lanes Update
Transit riders don’t cause traffic problems, so why should we have to endure them? The Better Transit Alliance is working to pressure decision-makers to move forward with their promise to install 24/7 bus lanes on Douglas Street & Highway 1 all the way to the 6-Mile Pub. The bus lanes could be completed within 24 months for a very reasonable cost, once our provincial government decides to get it done. See our blog post for an update on the progress of the project and help spread the word (including to your local provincial election candidates).
Province says “no” to better transit for Greater Victoria
We’re disappointed to report that our transit system will not be benefiting from an increase in gas tax. The Better Transit Alliance submitted a letter of support for the tax, along with many other local organizations. The CBC reports:
“Greater Victoria has a different transit arrangement than the rest of the province. While other communities split their costs 50/50 with the province, Victoria picks up two-thirds of the cost of running its system.
It’s split three ways between revenue from the fare box, property taxes and the gas tax. Of the three revenue options available, the gas tax portion has been frozen for eight years.”
While the decision put pressure on the Greater Victoria Transit Commission to increase local property taxes, they declined and decided instead to dip into reserves to cover short term needs over the short term and make support for transit a provincial election issue.
Federal Budget 2017
The March 22 budget announcement had both good and bad news for transit riders: the transit tax credit will be nixed (lessening affordability for those who use a bus pass) but 20.1 billion dollars is slated for public transportation infrastructure across Canada over ten years. It remains to be seen how Greater Victoria will benefit from this allocation–we’ll keep you updated!
Want to get involved in the Better Transit Alliance?
We’re seeking new Steering Committee members.
Our organization needs strategic thinkers who are willing to contribute some time and energy to monthly meetings and, in between meetings, tasks such as correspondence (and other writing), social media management, and event planning. Before getting in touch, please have a look at our vision and mission (see below) and our website (www.bettertransityyj.com).
To apply, email us at bettertransityyj [at] gmail.com and tell us a little bit about:
1. What you feel the top transit goals/priorities in Greater Victoria are
2, What skills or knowledge you think you might be able to contribute
3. Why you care about better transit–are you a rider? an environmentalist? etc.
4. Also tell us a little bit about yourself! E.g., your work, other volunteer roles…
The BC Liberals promised 24/7 bus lanes on Hwy 1 all the way to the Westshore “soon” in 2008. In September 2016, the City of Victoria signaled their intention to move ahead with 24/7 bus lanes on Douglas Street up to the Saanich border. “That is where we need to go — 24-seven all the way through the city. That’s when people will say I’m going to get on the bus” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. Continue reading “Where are the 24/7 Douglas / Hwy 1 Bus Lanes Promised in 2008?”
Do you take the bus from, to, or through the District of Saanich? We encourage you to take their survey (it wraps up on January 31st, 2017). Your input will help inform the District’s 30-year Active Transportation Plan. Public transportation is active transportation!
Join us for our first ever public event “Bike lanes & Beyond” on November 29th: https://www.facebook.com/events/1808000352772379/