The RapidBus service between the West Shore and downtown Victoria is expected to launch in early 2023. Construction on Douglas Street is ongoing, BC Transit said.
"RapidBus is transit service that outperforms the personal automobile in speed, comfort and reliability," states BC Transit's website. "It is connected, frequent, fast and reliable."
The idea is to provide faster and more convenient transit to encourage more people to use the bus to commute. The goal is to go from 80,000 daily transit users today to 200,000 by 2038.
The project is included in the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's South Island Transportation Strategy, released in 2020.
Better transit is one solution for improving transportation planning in Greater Victoria — something The Chamber continues to advocate for.
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