The B.C. Government says relief is on its way for commuters in the Capital Regional District by extending the Douglas Street bus lane.
A construction tender has been issued to expand the northbound bus lane along Douglas Street from Tolmie Avenue to the Burnside Bridge.
Victoria already issued a tender for the southbound priority bus and bike lane from Tolmie to Hillside Avenue.
“We know that traffic congestion is a major concern for people in the Capital Regional District and particularly those in the fast-growing western communities,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena said.
Prioritizing funds for bus lanes that will allow buses to bypass cars sitting in traffic will encourage more people to leave their cars at home and choose the faster, greener option.”
The goal is to have completion of the bus lane extension done by the fall of 2018 at an estimated cost of $12.75 million.
The Province will provide $8.125 million with the remaining dollars coming from the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
The government says analysis is being conducted by the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, City of Colwood and the Town of View for a possible priority bus lane from Goldstream Avenue to the Trans-Canada Highway on-ramp.