Imagine if buses had a shoulder lane to bypass traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway, making it a quick trip between the West Shore and Downtown Victoria.
That was the topic of discussion at a meeting today with Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation, Deputy Minister Grant Main, MLA Mitzi Dean, BC Transit CEO, and eight local mayors whose communities have direct connections to the Trans-Canada.
Mayor Hamilton requested the meeting to move forward on completion of a rapid transit corridor between the West Shore and Downtown Victoria, using bus-on-shoulder lanes. She highlighted multiple regionally approved plans that all point to this as a critical first step in relieving congestion. In fact, a large portion of the route is already either under construction, out to tender or planned for completion.
Minister Trevena expressed that the province is committed to expanding our transit system to help address the "visible and painful crunch" commuters face on this section of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Stay tuned for ongoing updates on tackling traffic congestion on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Above - top row, left to right: MLA Mitzi Dean, Highlands Mayor Ken Williams, Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton, Minister of Transportation Claire Trevena, Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins, Metchosin Mayor John Ranns, Langford Councillor Lanny Seaton
Seated, left to right: View Royal Mayor David Screech, Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell
Below - Premier John Horgan also joined the meeting