Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Rob Fleming, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced funding for two public transit projects in Greater Victoria. Investments in public transit infrastructure during this extraordinary time help create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and make communities more inclusive and resilient.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $4.9 million, and the Government of British Columbia over $4.5 million in these two projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The recipients are contributing a combined total of over $1.9 million.
One of the two initiatives (Vehicle Acquisition – Phase 6) will involve acquiring approximately 15 medium-duty buses fueled with CNG or biomethane to replace diesel-fueled vehicles at the end of their useful life. The new NGVs will help maintain current transit levels and avoid gaps in service when existing buses are retired as well as improve the capacity of the transit system for Greater Victoria residents. The Governments of Canada and of British Columbia are each investing over $3.1 million in this project, while the Victoria Regional Transit Commission is contributing approximately $1.5 million.
The second project will see to the rehabilitation of the north side of the existing UVic (University of Victoria) Exchange and bus stops along Ring Road, including refurbishment and enhancement of approximately nine bus bays, six bus shelters, and two layover bays as well as the redevelopment of surrounding pedestrian and bicycle storage infrastructure.
“Investing in B.C.’s public transit is an essential part of growing the economy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and supporting communities where people can get around in faster and cleaner ways. By improving active transportation infrastructure along with improving safety, capacity, and access to public transit, the UVic Exchange project and the acquisition of more CNG or renewable natural gas buses for Greater Victoria will make it easier for more people to use and choose public transit and will help protect the environment. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities,” said Patrick Weiler.
“The new and improved bus exchange at UVic, in combination with the new CNG buses being brought online in Victoria will ensure that residents of the surrounding communities have access to greener transportation options for years to come. We know that a good public transit system helps make our communities more affordable and accessible for the people who live in them, and we’re thrilled that this infrastructure investment will go towards better serving several municipalities in the CRD (Capital Regional District), while showing our commitment to CleanBC,” commented Minister Fleming.
“It is encouraging to see our federal and provincial partners continuing to invest in public transit. The introduction of more medium duty CNG buses is an important step in our low carbon fleet program as we transition to a greener fleet. The new buses, as well as an improved transit exchange for UVic students, provide customers in the Victoria Regional Transit System with even more reasons to feel confident in choosing public transit,” added Erinn Pinkerton, President and CEO, BC Transit.
Source: BC Transit