A Look at Transit in the South Island
by Sue Stroud, citizen reporter
Last spring Saanich Peninsula Green Drinks hosted a presentation by Eric Doherty of the Better Transit Alliance of Greater Victoria around transit options for the region. The evening, hosted by Central Saanich Councillor Alicia Holman included a slide show followed by a lively discussion.
Doherty’s presentation held the position that a community can’t build its way out of traffic congestion – growth supersedes road building and road building facilitates further growth. He suggested that, in the Southern Vancouver Island region, this was demonstrated by the road ‘improvements’ that took place to eliminate what is lovingly referred to as the Colwood Crawl – the traffic stand-still/crawl that happens on Hwy #1 and roads parallel to it heading into Victoria in the morning, and out again in the late afternoon . . .
Read full article www.saanichvoiceonline.ca/2017/07/04/moving-into-the-future/
If you stopped by our booth at our first Car Free Day Victoria on June 18, 2017, then you might have participated in our informal sticker survey. We loved chatting with everyone who stopped by and hearing some of your transit concerns in Greater Victoria- as well as many positive stories of transit experiences in the CRD!
Our (un)scientific survey results are very interesting! Some observations:
- People who take public transit take it a lot! 64% of people surveyed take transit at least 5 days per week, with 25% taking the bus EVERY DAY!
- The most common place that people take transit is to school and work, though some rely on it for everyday activities like grocery shopping. A quarter of you rely on transit to get out of town- like to the ferry terminal or to the airport
- The biggest complaint about transit in Greater Victoria is definitely that the bus doesn’t come on time! Though, we heard some people who complained that the bus comes really early and some that say the bus comes too late. Either way, the busses don’t seem to be running on the scheduled times.
If you’re a stats geek, check out the full results of the survey below! Continue reading “Car Free Day: Survey Says…”
The Better Transit Alliance tries to send an observer to every Victoria Transit Commission meeting. And the last meeting was more eventful than usual, with some bad news which we reported to the media. The basic story is that, like most construction projects in the region these days, the price for the bus lanes was higher than hoped as all the construction companies are very busy. Unfortunately there was not a big enough contingency fund in place, and bus lane construction has been delayed.
We are going to be pushing all levels of government to step up to the plate and fund the Douglas / Highway 1 bus lanes all the way to the 6 Mile Pub area as soon as possible (even if it costs significantly more than it would have a few years ago). And we are optimistic that it will happen quickly; we think this can be completed within 24 months of municipal and provincial governments deciding to proceed. Here is some of the media coverage of the issue: Continue reading “Better Transit Alliance breaks story about bus lane delay”
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:
Continue reading “Newsletter: Provincial & Federal Transit Funding – Want to get involved in the Better Transit Alliance?”
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/