Adding blacktop solutions to handle more vehicles not the answer, reader writes
Jan. 14, 2018
Re: Regional transportation authority has mayors at odds (vicnews.com, Jan. 11) Langford Mayor Stew Young has convinced me that a Capital Regional District transportation service is a good idea.
He suggests that ‘experts’ in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) should make decisions for the region. But this ministry has been paving over everything to make room for more and more cars for half a century. Yes, the NDP and Greens are now in control, but only a superhero could reverse half a century of ingrained culture overnight. NDP Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena seems good, but I have not seen any super powers yet.
If things had changed at MoTI, the much-delayed Douglas Street/Highway 1 bus lanes to the 6 Mile Pub area would be approved by now. The CRD must push the province to fund transit rather than more blacktop boondoggles, as the CRD Regional Transportation Plan calls for. And the CRD’s directors must act now rather than waiting until their new transportation service is set up.
Eric Doherty, Victoria
Have you written a letter to the editor about transit this month? How about writing a quick one right now, short and to the point is usually best!
Build efficient transit system now!
Re: “Trans-Canada congestion is a climate crime,” letter, Nov. 18.
I agree with the writer of the letter. I think it’s time that a lot more effort was put into transit, including dedicated transit-only lanes all along the Pat Bay Highway. Continue reading “Great Letter by Brentwood Bay BTA member!”
Check out this great letter to the editor from Better Transit Alliance member Cathy Willander of Colwood. (How about writing your own letter to the editor today?)
Trans-Canada congestion is a climate crime
Times Colonist – November 18, 2017
I have just moved to Colwood from South Delta, and the Colwood Crawl is much worse than getting through the Massey Tunnel, commonly referred to as the worst traffic jam in B.C. Continue reading “Colwood BTA member’s letter to editor re bus lanes”
Bids solicited for extension of Douglas Street bus lanes
Lindsay Kines / Times Colonist
November 15, 2017
Bids for the next phase of the Douglas Street bus lanes — designed to speed bus travel along the busy Douglas corridor — have been reopened.
The B.C. government and City of Victoria have reopened bidding on construction contracts to lengthen the priority bus lanes on Douglas Street. The Ministry of Transportation issued a call for bids Tuesday to extend the northbound lane from Tolmie Avenue to the Burnside Bridge, where Burnside and Interurban roads cross under the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue reading “BTA gets Commitment for Emergency Meeting if Bus Lanes Over Budget”
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? Continue reading “Another Letter to Editor!”
More bus lanes should be a priority
Times Colonist – October 8, 2017
Re: “Residents call for more affordable transit,” Oct. 3.
The new Vital Signs report has a lot of good information on what people in Greater Victoria want, beyond lower transit fares. The report shows that people are tired of transit riders getting stuck in traffic, and think we should reduce our reliance on cars. It also says we should “take urgent action to combat climate change.” Continue reading “Better Transit Alliance letter to editor in Times Colonist”
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/
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