BC Transit has successfully completed a review of options for expansion of the transit exchange at UVIC, in support of the Victoria Transit Future Plan and the UVic Campus Transit Plan. This review was conducted in collaboration with UVic staff, with a number of options analyzed prior to reaching a consensus on the final recommendation.
At the conclusion of the review of options, BC Transit and UVic have agreed on the expansion of transit facilities to a site adjacent to the Student Union Building, and the Halpern Grad Centre. The conceptual plans were presented for public review during an open house conducted in November of 2013 at the University campus, with comments and suggestions from this open house now integrated where feasible into the design of the new exchange.
The construction of the new facility is scheduled to commence in the spring of 2014, with completion before the beginning of the new school year in September. The new facility will include a total of 10 new transit bays, bus shelters, covered bicycle parking, soft and hard landscaping upgrades, and improved lighting. As a result of the new expansion, the existing bus bays located on Ring Road will be removed and the routes relocated to the new facility.
This expansion is expected to satisfy the transit needs of both UVic and BC Transit for the foreseeable ten to fifteen years, by anticipating the expanding student population and transit growth required to deliver effective service to campus.
Questions regarding the project can be directed to Neil Connelly (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability at UVic, or Meribeth Burton (Meribeth_burton@bctransit.com) Corporate Spokesperson at BC Transit.
An open house for students, staff and local residents was held on November 7th in the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria. The intention of this open house was to:
- Present the preferred option for expansion of the transit exchange
- Present an opportunity to answer questions regarding the proposed transit exchange expansion and the development variance process for the displacement of parking.
The presentation boards that were displayed during the open house can
be found here.
BC Transit has completed the UVic Campus Transit Plan. The plan forecasts future transit demand on campus and outlines both long and short-term options to improve the existing transit exchange, as well as actions that can be taken to support increases in transit ridership. The final report can be found here.
Summary of the key findings:
- The plan identifies four long-term locations for a transit terminal that could potentially be integrated with other land uses on campus (e.g. a parkade or building). A final preferred location will be selected in the update of UVics Campus Plan (scheduled to commence in 2014), to take into consideration the development of other plans and facilities needed on campus.
- A long-term solution is likely several years away and there is an immediate need for additional bus capacity on campus. The plan identifies short-term options to improve bus capacity on campus that will be cost effective and do not predetermine long-term planning concepts. The short-term options include pullouts for on-street parking on Ring Rd that could be converted to transit use and then re-converted back to on-street parking at a later date. A request for proposal is being developed to complete a design and cost estimate of the short-term improvements with the target implementation date for the fall of 2013.
- The plan also identifies supporting actions that could be taken to improve transit services and the overall experience for transit customers, such as staggering class start times (to help reduce pass-ups at peak travel times), improvements to transit stops and amenities, as well as real-time transit information.
Once these short-term concepts are further developed, the options will be shared with stakeholders publicly in early 2013.
BC Transit and the University of Victoria (UVIC) are completing a draft report which will recommend preferred locations for a future transit exchange. These recommendations will be passed along for consideration to the UVIC Campus Plan, which is scheduled to commence in 2014. BC Transit and UVIC are also discussing options for expanding transit exchange capacity in the interim. The results of both planning processes will be shared with stakeholders publicly in the fall of 2012.
March 31, 2011
Thanks to those of you who attended our open house on March 17. We met with over 175 people at the SUB, and received some great written and verbal feedback.
Heres what we heard:
- A bus loop close to the Student Union Building (SUB) and bookstore (and planned Village Centre) is preferred, as students consider the SUB the centre of the campus.
- There was support to keep major bus routes off Ring Road because of delays experienced at pedestrian crosswalks instead, shuttle service should be operated around the campus
- Preferred bus routes to and from UVic and on campus: route options 1 and 7 received the most support; option 5 is the least desirable (check out page 5 and 6 of the presentation boards to see the route options.)
- Longer walking distances on campus would be acceptable if they are offset by faster transit service, more express buses and a campus shuttle
- Reliability of service and pass-ups off campus are more of an issue than the frequency of service or walking distances on campus
- There is a strong support for staggering class start times as a way to alleviate pass-ups and other service issues
- Personal security is a concern at the bus loop at night, and for people walking across campus at night to the bus loop or a bus stop
March 10, 2011
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BC Transit is working with the University of Victoria to develop a Campus Transit Plan that takes a look at how transit works today and creates a vision for the future of transit on campus.
This comprehensive plan will identify a preferred location and design for the transit exchange, bus stops and routes to and through the campus. It will also help address pass-ups, reliability and other issues.
You are invited to attend open houses where BC Transit and UVic staff will be available to discuss issues and answer your questions:
- March 17 2011, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m., Student Union Building (Michelle Pujol Room)
- Late Fall 2011/ (date and location to be determined)