HandyDART will double its fleet size with a new facility in View Royal, according to a BC Transit announcement on Friday.
BC Transit announced the $32 million handyDART facility along with Federal and Provincial Ministers of Infrastructure Catherine McKenna and Claire Trevena.
The facility will house 110 additional handyDART buses, which provide accessible door-to-door shared transit for riders with reduced mobility.
BC Transit says that the current facility at Glanford Ave will be converted into an operations and maintenance centre for non-handyDART vehicles.
The project is receiving funding from all three levels of government. Federal funds will be $12.6 million, the province will contribute $12.9 million, and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission is contributing $6.9 million.
“It’s great to see the growth in ridership in Greater Victoria, but the region needs more buses and facility space to meet the demand that creates,” said Trevena. “This new facility will allow BC Transit to provide better handyDART service with a more central location. It’s also an essential step in ensuring the region has an efficient and reliable system for everyone who chooses transit.”