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Project Detail Stages:
& Confirm Regional Transit Corridors
Alignment Options for West Shore to Core Area
Screening of Alignment Options
Screening of Shortlisted Options
of Preferred Alignment
Public Consultation & Feedback Sessions:
With growth in the West Shore area contributing to significant
increases in vehicular traffic entering Victoria during the past
decade, BC Transit, working with the Victoria Regional Transit
Commission, has sought to improve rapid transit linkages into
Victoria from the West Shore.
In early 2008, a proposed RapidBus connection using a new median
on Douglas Street for dedicated bus lanes that could be converted
to light rail transit (LRT) in the future, was shelved. As proposed,
the Douglas Street Busway plan had met strong opposition, and
there was a clear desire for a broader, more comprehensive and
integrated regional transportation strategy.
The January 2008 release of the Provincial Transit Plan promoting
the expansion of reliable rapid transit in British Columbia provided
the opportunity to embark on a more detailed study of rapid transit
network options. The Victoria Regional Rapid Transit Project (VRRTP)
is intended to develop recommendations for a rapid link between
Victoria and the West Shore in a better defined context.
Rapid transit is a transit system designed to improve travel
time, reliability, passenger comfort and convenience along an
exclusive right-of-way. A rapid transit system provides frequent,
high-capacity service that runs all day, every day. It is a service
whose time has come in the Capital Region, which experiences heavy
transit demand all day, particularly to and from the core area
which stretches from downtown Victoria to Uptown.
Rapid transit is not a substitute or replacement for local bus
service or commuter rail, which perform different functions. Local
bus service operates in mixed traffic and has more closely-spaced
stops. Commuter rail connects distant centres during peak commuting
for a table illustrating a range of rapid transit technologies,
including the rail-based Streetcar/Tram and road-based BRT (Bus
Rapid Transit) options being considered for the Capital Region.