Transportation

The Province of B.C. has committed to work with the Island Corridor Foundation and First Nations to do an assessment of the E&N rail corridor, which encompasses an area that includes Victoria, Courtenay and Nanaimo. (File photo)

Studies for E&N corridor still on track after BC Transit investments

Recent investment in bus fleet expansion doesn’t slow studies into alternative transportation routes

The Province of B.C. has committed to work with the Island Corridor Foundation and First Nations to do an assessment of the E&N rail corridor, which encompasses an area that includes Victoria, Courtenay and Nanaimo. (File photo)
Traffic improvements such as the McKenzie Interchange at the Trans Canada Highway are part of an ongoing plan for regional transportation upgrades to minimize traffic congestion. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

McKenzie interchange project sees delays

Weather delays, plan modifications cause extended timeline

Traffic improvements such as the McKenzie Interchange at the Trans Canada Highway are part of an ongoing plan for regional transportation upgrades to minimize traffic congestion. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
BC Transit to install barriers to protect drivers

BC Transit to install barriers to protect drivers

To reduce assaults, BC Transit announces plans to install driver door barriers

BC Transit to install barriers to protect drivers
View Royal mayor calls for region and province to meet about transportation issues

View Royal mayor calls for region and province to meet about transportation issues

Screech says transportation issues are not prioritized in Greater Victoria

View Royal mayor calls for region and province to meet about transportation issues
Bauxite aggregate surfacing is used for bicycle lanes in Sammamish, WA. The high-friction surfacing treatment is being applied to ramps and intersections in B.C. (DBI Services)

Safety surfacing coming to high-crash B.C. roads

Coating coming to 14 sites in Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

Bauxite aggregate surfacing is used for bicycle lanes in Sammamish, WA. The high-friction surfacing treatment is being applied to ramps and intersections in B.C. (DBI Services)
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena called it an “exciting moment” to see the province’s first 100 per cent electric bus hit the streets of Victoria, and hopes it is just the start of building an entirely electric fleet for BC Transit. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Electric BC Transit bus officially joins Victoria fleet

Fully electric, zero emissions vehicle first of its kind to go into regular service in B.C.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena called it an “exciting moment” to see the province’s first 100 per cent electric bus hit the streets of Victoria, and hopes it is just the start of building an entirely electric fleet for BC Transit. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
The new Victoria Clipper V, which made its first trip to Seattle from Victoria and back yesterday, promises a smooth commute for harbour to harbour travellers. The ship replaced the Clipper I, which was removed from service after its Feb. 28 runs. The Clipper IV will wind up its service March 9. Anna James/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria Clipper V makes inaugural voyage on Victoria to Seattle run

Large high-speed catamaran slightly faster, includes business class seating

The new Victoria Clipper V, which made its first trip to Seattle from Victoria and back yesterday, promises a smooth commute for harbour to harbour travellers. The ship replaced the Clipper I, which was removed from service after its Feb. 28 runs. The Clipper IV will wind up its service March 9. Anna James/VICTORIA NEWS
In April 2018, B.C. Ferries plans to implement new fare initiatives. File photo

BC Ferries report net loss of $14.8 million in third quarter

CEO assures public it’s smooth sailing, advises of new ‘fare initiatives’

  • Feb 23, 2018
In April 2018, B.C. Ferries plans to implement new fare initiatives. File photo
Morning traffic moves down Highway 1, just before the Helmcken Road overpass. Dealing with traffic flowing along this corridor, including transit service, would be among the focuses of a proposed regional transportation authority. Don Denton/Black Press

Regional transportation service makes sense for Greater Victoria

Adding blacktop solutions to handle more vehicles not the answer, reader writes

  • Jan 14, 2018
Morning traffic moves down Highway 1, just before the Helmcken Road overpass. Dealing with traffic flowing along this corridor, including transit service, would be among the focuses of a proposed regional transportation authority. Don Denton/Black Press
The region’s transportation priorities are no secret according to Langford Mayor Stew Young. (File photo)

Regional transportation authority has mayors at odds

Langford will ‘go down fighting’ counter petition

The region’s transportation priorities are no secret according to Langford Mayor Stew Young. (File photo)
Black Ball Ferry Line’s MV Coho undergoes its annual refit this month and will be out of service from Jan. 16 to 30, returning to service on the Port Angeles to Victoria run on Feb. 1. File photo

Port Angeles ferry run suspended during Coho refit this month

Vehicle and passenger service to Washington will resume in Victoria as of Feb. 1

Black Ball Ferry Line’s MV Coho undergoes its annual refit this month and will be out of service from Jan. 16 to 30, returning to service on the Port Angeles to Victoria run on Feb. 1. File photo
A view from Carey Road, looking towards the Pat Bay Highway, of afternoon traffic moving along McKenzie Avenue. Don Denton/News staff

Establishment of a Capital Region transportation service passes first hurdle

CRD board agrees on bylaw, but voter assent needed to move forward

A view from Carey Road, looking towards the Pat Bay Highway, of afternoon traffic moving along McKenzie Avenue. Don Denton/News staff
A passenger waits for the #50 bus at the Langford Exchange, the West Shore’s main bus service into downtown Victoria. Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff

Big wheels turning: No easy fix for West Shore transit woes

Regional councillors look towards alternative solutions

A passenger waits for the #50 bus at the Langford Exchange, the West Shore’s main bus service into downtown Victoria. Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff
Sylvie Ghanem waits for a bus in her View Royal neighbourhood. Ghanem lived in Vienna with her husband, where public transit use was strongly encouraged. They took that mentality and passed it on to their kids, but their youngest daughter simply couldn’t make a commute by bus work for her. Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff

Inconvenient truth: Service gaps pose issues

Regular riders find the bus to be inconvenient when not making a simple round trip

Sylvie Ghanem waits for a bus in her View Royal neighbourhood. Ghanem lived in Vienna with her husband, where public transit use was strongly encouraged. They took that mentality and passed it on to their kids, but their youngest daughter simply couldn’t make a commute by bus work for her. Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff