The Sooke Local Area Transit Plan outlines interim improvements for transit service and infrastructure over the next seven to fifteen years. It is one of nine focused Local Area Transit Plans being developed across the Victoria Regional Transit System.
Public Consultation – Phase One
Phase one of public consultation took place in October and November, 2018 at locations across Sooke. Transit Future Open Houses were hosted at Edward Milne Middle School, Seaparc Leisure Centre, Sooke Town Centre Bus Stop, Sooke Transit Exchange and Beecher Bay. At each, the public was encouraged to provide feedback on transit improvements within Sooke and the Victoria Regional Transit System. In addition to open houses, an online survey was deployed to capture feedback from members of the public that could not attend an open house in person.
Options Development Workshop
In February 2019, we held two workshops, one with community stakeholders and engaged transit riders, and the second with our transit operators. At each workshop, we discussed concerns or challenges that were identified in the first phase of engagement and developed route concepts to address the concerns.
Public Consultation – Phase Two
In Fall 2019, we’ll be back in the community for another round of Transit Future Open Houses, looking for feedback on the concepts we developed in the workshops. Stay tuned!
This process allows us to develop service improvements before we finalize the plan for endorsement by the Victoria Regional Transit Commission. Once endorsed, BC Transit will start to implement changes to improve the transit system.
The goals for the Sooke Local Area Transit Plan are:
- Identify opportunities for new transit serving local travel needs within the Sooke area and improving connections to regional-scale transit service
- Identify route alignments to provide coverage to Sooke neighbourhoods currently without transit service
- Prioritize the development and improvement of new transit routes over the short and medium terms.
- Identify the infrastructure needed to support both transit passengers and future transit operations