Victoria speed limit reduction from 50 to 40 km/hr causing commuter headaches.
Eighteen months ago, Victoria councilors voted to lower city speed limits from 50 to 40 kilometres an hour.
But now BC Transit says the change is creating commuter headaches.
Rush hour on Douglas Street where there’s a constant stream of buses coming and going.
“I just missed my bus.”
The number 27 heading to Gordon Head, is early, causing Transit user Jim Balkan to miss his ride.
“I’m missing buses all the time.
They are never on time.
The schedules, you might as well throw them out, because they are useless.”
Victoria’s city council reduced speed limits from 50 to 40 km/hour on a number of roads, including arterial routes used by buses.
BC Transit’s James Wadsworth says it’s having a significant impact.
“Passengers on board might see instead of eight minute service, ten minute service frequency.
What that happens then is usually you start to see more crowding.
Sometimes you can start to see more passenger passes.”
Some of the arterials roads include Hillside, Douglas, Gorge, and Bay Streets.
Where buses are meant to move larges volumes of passengers during peak times.
It cost the city 90 thousand dollars for new speed limit signs, and a public information campaign.
Now Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says council may reverse its decision in light of a request from BC Transit.
“We do things, we learn things, and then we do different things.
I’m willing, obviously, to listen to Transit.
And if they are rapid transit corridors that are having an impact on it, then we need to take that seriously.”
A decision could take weeks.
With thirty cancelled trips daily due to slower buses, that translates into hundreds of missed rides.