Douglas Street bus lanes move forward in Victoria

Two options to be presented to Victoria councillors; work could begin this fall

  • Jun. 28, 2013 4:00 p.m.

Bus lanes are coming to Douglas Street.

The Victoria Regional Transit Commission endorsed two options for the Douglas Street priority lanes at a meeting on Thursday using public input gathered earlier this month.

Victoria council will choose a preferred option at an upcoming meeting.

The first concept would create a bus-only lane southbound during the morning rush hour, and a northbound bus lane during afternoon peak hours, said VRTC chair Susan Brice. It comes with a price tag of about $400,000.

The second concept would see city crews widen Douglas Street north of Hillside Avenue at a cost of about $1 million.

“The VRTC would support and fund either concept, but because those road surfaces are City of Victoria, we want them to make decision on what works best for their community,” Brice said.

Traffic diversion onto Blanshard is inevitable with both options, but VRTC staff estimate widening Douglas Street would cut diversion rates in half, from 50 per cent to 25 per cent of vehicles.

More than 300 people submitted opinion surveys on the options.

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