Douglas Street Priority Transit and Cycling Lanes
January 13, 2015
The City of Victoria, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission and BC Transit announced construction is underway on Phase 2 of Douglas Street Priority Transit and Cycling Lanes. The project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2015.
The priority lanes are designed to shorten travel times for transit customers, increase the reliability of public transit and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by limiting idling and reducing the number of vehicles on the road. Phase 2 will further alleviate congestion on Douglas Street, following the introduction of Phase 1 Transit and Cycling Lanes in the spring of 2014. Phase 1 saw dedicated bus/bike lanes in both directions from Herald to Hillside from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
A northbound transit and cycling priority lane will be constructed from Hillside Avenue to Tolmie Avenue. The northbound lane will be exclusively designated for transit and bicycles Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A new traffic light at the Tolmie Avenue intersection is included in Phase 2. The new traffic light will offer safer travel for both vehicles and pedestrians in the popular Mayfair Shopping Centre area.
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