Transit & Cycling Lanes Now Open on Douglas Street

Priority Transit and Cycling Lanes are now open on Douglas Street. Transit and cycling lanes will be in operation from Hillside Avenue to Fisgard Street Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. southbound and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. northbound. Parking will be permitted along Douglas Street during off-peak hours.

The priority lanes are designed to improve the reliability of transit by getting buses out of heavy traffic during key times and shortening travel times for transit riders.

Recent improvements along the Douglas Street corridor to support the new priority lanes include upgraded transit zones with improved access for people getting on and off the bus, a new pedestrian signal at Douglas and Pembroke Streets and the addition of new accessible curb for pedestrians at intersections.

A second phase of the project will create a northbound priority lane from Hillside Avenue to Tolmie Avenue. Construction is expected to begin in early 2015. The Victoria Regional Transit Commission and BC Transit are funding the $1.5 million dollars that is required to complete Phase 1 and Phase 2.

For more information on the project please visit www.bctransit.com/transitfuture/vrptc_latestupdates.cfm