Our transit system in Greater Victoria is threatened like never before. Revenues from gas taxes and transit fares have evaporated, and the federal government is bailing out private yacht clubs and luxury car dealerships while refusing to provide emergency operating funding for public transit. There have been significant cuts to transit service in Greater Victoria already, and much deeper cuts could be on the way.
In the past, bail out funds have often gone to urban highway expansion boondoggles that make traffic and pollution worse, instead of to badly needed transit improvements.
The Better Transit Alliance has joined the Save Transit in BC Coalition, which is calling on the federal government to provide emergency operating funding. You can help by using their letter writing tool to tell your MP why you want emergency funding for public transit NOW.
Some points you might want to include in your letter include:
In this Newsletter: 1) Green New Deal Town Hall Thurs 2) Support universal youth transit passes in Greater Victoria 3) Good News – Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities supports funding shift for transit 4) Bad News – Provincial Government funds highway expansion & delays bus lane completion
Dear members of the Capital Regional District Transportation
April 23, 2019
Re April 24 agenda Item 5.1 – Motion
with Notice: Transportation Improvements on Highway 1 and Highway 14 Corridors
for Transportation Choice (VTC) is very concerned about the direction of the
Southern Vancouver Island Transportation Strategy (SVITS) and related
provincial government plans to spend many millions of dollars on road and
highway projects in our region. We urge
you to support this motion and provide a strong regional voice.
Priorities and upcoming Victoria Transit Commission workshop
The Better Transit Alliance
(BTA) understands that the Victoria Transit Commission will soon be holding an
internal workshop to discuss setting priorities for BC Transit. We would like
you to consider these points in your workshop and other actions.
Our region needs transportation solutions that address
the needs of local residents while rapidly reducing greenhouse gas pollution as
called for in the Climate Emergency declaration unanimously passed by the CRD. Every investment and
decision must be examined to determine if it is going to be effective in
reducing climate pollution over the next eleven years.
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”