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March 17, 2019
Re: “$16M OK’d to complete key bus lane,” March 7.
It’s great to see that another small portion of the Trans-Canada Highway will see completed bus lanes in the near future. However, these small pieces of the larger whole are not coming fast enough to address the congestion issues that still exist out to the Six Mile Road area.
This “Colwood Crawl” section continues to prove a serious slowdown for commuters from Sooke, the Cowichan Valley and the West Shore area. Proposed roadway expansions will only promote further use of single-occupancy vehicles and lead, once again, to completely congested roads. A focus on transit and completing these bus lanes to the Six Mile Road area will continue to improve commute times, transit ridership and regional greenhouse-gas emissions.
The Capital Regional District’s declaration of a climate emergency is another big point in favour of transit, which produces less emissions and would avoid the need for ecologically destructive, steep and likely dangerous road expansions such as the proposed Sooke Hills Malahat bypass. The CRD needs to keep pressure on the provincial government to prioritize public transit, a solution that benefits all residents, rather than highway expansion, which benefits only those who can afford personal vehicles in the short term and no one in the long term.
March 7, 2019 Media Release – For Immediate Release
Victoria, BC – Victorians for Transportation Choice (VTC) challenges the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to align its southern Vancouver Island transportation strategy with BC’s climate action goals, including legislated GHG reduction targets.
In this newsletter: • Invest in transit, and protect the Sooke Hills Park! • Province foot dragging on filling Hwy 1 bus lane gap • CRD needs to hear from you – in person or by email • Electric bus article • Breaking – Victoria to fund youth transit passes!
Invest in transit, and protect the Sooke Hills Park!
The Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park is part of the Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt, the Capital Regional District’s (CRD) green belt linking Saanich Inlet in the east to Juan de Fuca Strait in the west.
Dads find Car Free YYJ tailor-made for Father’s Day
Jeff Bell / Times Colonist
June 17, 2018
The World’s Coolest Dad — at least, that’s what his T-shirt said — spent part of his Father’s Day at the annual Car Free YYJ celebration on Douglas Street.
Jason Rolstone and 14-year-old daughter Katie strolled through the growing throng just before noon to get to a lunch date with his parents. Rolstone said he is a fan of the car-free gathering.
“It’s a wonderful event.” Continue reading “Better Transit Alliance Makes Car Free Day News”
In this newsletter:
• Visit or Volunteer with the Better Transit Alliance at Car Free Day
• Help get the Highway 1 Bus Lanes Completed – Write to your MLA
• Central Saanich Community Association forms Transit Committee
• Write a letter to the editor today!
Visit or Volunteer with the Better Transit Alliance at Car Free Day
On Sunday June 17th (Father’s Day) the Better Transit Alliance will be at Car Free Day on Douglas Street in Downtown Victoria. We would love to have you drop by and chat any time between 11am and 6pm. And we would love it even more if you could volunteer to help out for a few hours. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at bettertransityyj [at] gmail.com. It is fun, and no experience necessary! (The Better Transit Alliance is an all-volunteer organization, without volunteer energy we would not exist). Continue reading “[BTA News] Car Free Day Sun June 17 (Volunteers needed!) – Help get the Hwy 1 bus lanes completed”
Re: “Horgan puts brakes on light rail for E&N,” column, May 16.
I’m glad Premier John Horgan is focused on getting the Douglas Street/Trans-Canada Highway bus lanes completed before moving on to more complex transit projects.
The 24/7 bus lanes on Douglas Street and parts of the Trans-Canada Highway are already under construction. Completing the highway shoulder bus lanes as far as the Six Mile Pub area will be simple, inexpensive and quick. It is a good project, and should not be left half finished.
Now that electric buses cost about the same as diesel buses over their lifetime, bus lanes can provide climate-friendly, quiet, fast and inexpensive transportation. Horgan’s climate action plan won’t be released until the fall, but he should get the bus lane completion rolling today.
Tomorrow he should start ordering hundreds of electric buses.
Better Transit Alliance of Greater Victoria
Eric Diller of the Better Transit Alliance was interviewed by Walter McGinnis on the Citizen’s Forum show on Shaw. Check out the wide ranging discussion of the Douglas / Highway 1 bus lanes, electric buses and more.