Letter to the editor by Better Transit Alliance member Eric Doherty:
Bus lanes already under construction
Times Colonist, October 27, 2017
Re: “Run electric buses on E&N corridor: firm,” Oct. 24. Why is so much time being wasted talking about bus lanes on the E&N corridor when bus lanes on the Douglas Street/Trans-Canada Highway corridor are already under construction?
The Trans-Canada Highway section is supposed to be low-cost shoulder bus lanes, which work well on Highway 99 in Richmond. The Douglas Street sections in Victoria and Saanich are designed and ready for work to begin.
These are real 24/7 bus lanes, not the so-called “high-occupancy vehicle” lanes that quickly plug up with new traffic and cheaters. The whole project to the 6 Mile pub area could be completed within 18 months, once the provincial government decides to fund the remaining sections.
And of course, Canadian-made electric buses could be used on this route. It is time to get it done.
Eric Doherty, Victoria