A view from Carey Road, looking towards the Pat Bay Highway, of afternoon traffic moving along McKenzie Avenue. Don Denton/News staff

Establishment of a Capital Region transportation service passes first hurdle

CRD board agrees on bylaw, but voter assent needed to move forward

Plans are moving along to establish a new public transportation service for Greater Victoria.

On Wednesday, Capital Regional District board members agreed to forward a bylaw for approval that would create a regional body to oversee various aspects of transportation planning.

Such a service would utilize existing regional transportation functions such as BC Transit and BC Ferries and not come with any new funding requests from local municipalities. It would provide the CRD with the ability to identify top transportation priorities, co-ordinate between municipalities, integrate regional walking and cycling trails, collect and analyze data as well as advocate more effectively for government funding.

The Local Government Act requires the bylaw to be approved in order to move forward with the larger plan.

In 2014, the CRD declared a regional transportation service a priority and set to work developing a plan for the vision with local government, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and BC Transit.

Among the findings were that the region’s unique built and natural environment limits further expansions of road networks in the area, despite increased pressure from population growth and changing trends in land-use patterns. Not only that, reliance on the traditional method of single-occupancy travel options will require a change in approach as more people travel through the region.

At a later meeting the CRD board will consider what method will be used to determine the wishes of the voters, as well as further discussing governance models for the proposed service, as it relates to the bylaw approval process.


Just Posted

New trail system proposed for Sooke

System will connect parks and green spaces and encourage alternate forms of transportation

Giants draw first blood in WHL playoff series vs. Victoria

Home ice advantage non-existent for Royals against arch-rival Vancouver

Saanich makes appeal for regional fire dispatch system

Five CRD communities drop Saanich service in favour of Surrey

Sooke football coach has no plans on stopping

Tony Nelson has played multiple sports his entire life

Elizabeth May arrested at Kinder Morgan protest

Randall Garrison, MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, speaks out against pipeline

Vancouver Island’s Best Videos of the Week

A look at some of the best video stories from the past week ending March 23, 2018

Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Florida shooting

Hundreds of people support the massive March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

Health officials called after acid spill near B.C.-Alberta border leaks into creek

Tanker truck crashed south of Dawson Creek, spilling 17,000 litres of hydrochloric acid

Embattled band Hedley plays last show in B.C. before hiatus

About 3,000 tickets had sold for final performance at Kelowna’s Prospera Place

Trudeau to exonerate B.C. First Nations chiefs hanged in 1860s

Prime Minister to absolve Tsilhqot’in chiefs in relation to deaths of 14 construction workers

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

Vancouver Island pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions we received from around the region

Most Read