WATCH: The Langtoria Greenline will launch October 17 and offers incentives Langford’s mayor hopes will lure some commuters out of their cars. April Lawrence reports.
Thousands of motorists commute between the West Shore and Victoria each day and many of them spending more time with the brakes on than the gas.
The city of Langford has now come up with a unique idea to get at least a few of them off the road.
It’s called the “Langtoria Greenline” and it will shuttle people between the two communities, in style.
Run by Wilson’s transportation, it will be similar to a charter bus, with a few additions, including free coffee and newspapers.
“The bus will have the ability to flip down a tray, put your lap top ideally we’re going to have wifi” said Jeff Warwick.
Although it’s an “express”, those behind the service don’t pretend they’ll get you to work or home any faster than your car will.
“We all know you’re going to have to spend that time but how do you want to spend it?” said Warwick
Thanks to a Langford taxpayer subsidy the cost for a seat on the “Greenline” will be roughly 100 to 120 dollars a month, or 5-6 dollars a day.
“We subsidized them for $60,000 a year for the first year and basically our job now is to get advertising”, said Langford Mayor Stew Young
Young says he already has some businesses signed up and he’s hoping Langford will eventually be able to fully recoup the subsidy cost.
The hope is to ease at least some of the congestion once construction starts on the McKenzie interchange.
The service will start with one 50 seat bus on October 17th.