Ribbon cutting ceremony today on new “Station” in downtown Victoria.
Capital City Station, located at the historic Crystal Garden in the 770-block of Douglas Street, was officially opened Tuesday.
It will offer customers a chance to buy tickets and board buses to Vancouver, via BC Ferries, to the airport and to scheduled destinations throughout Vancouver Island.
BC Transit passengers can also buy their tickets there, though the BC Transit stop is located just north.
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says, “I think it’s really good in terms of the central location of the services. You can even by your BC transit tickets here and also having the Tourism Victoria ambassadors greet the passengers coming off the buses will I think help to provide seamless information and integration of visitors to our city and into the downtown.”
“Everything in one place makes it very easy for people to utilize transit and the other connectivity pieces,” according to Wilson Transport owner/CEO John Wilson, “whether it’s going up island or out to the airport or out to the west shore there’s everything in one place”
The Station will operate for 18 months aS a pilot project and was developed after the city announced the old depot would close in 2016.
The old building is currently being used as a construction office and parking for the company working on renovating the Fairmont Empress.
It is scheduled to be torn down in the fall or early spring.